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The Star Wars Expanded Universe is an Expanded Universe set in the Star Wars franchise. It includes shows, novels, and comics that cover many stories in the Star Wars galaxy.

The Expanded Universe underwent a Continuity Reboot on April 25th, 2014 after Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm; the original six theatrical films and Star Wars: The Clone Wars remained canon and became part of (along with serving as the basis) the new Star Wars Canon as result of being created by or directly involved with George Lucas while all of the other previous works here were declared non-canon. Any new installments created by Lucasfilm since 2014 (unless said otherwise) will be part of the Canon as well.

Though the old EU continuity has now been locked, it will remain in circulation under the title of Star Wars Legends.


The old Expanded Universe (Star Wars Legends)

The old Expanded Universe has been formally discontinued, but the only ongoing works as of February 2017 that continue to publish works under the Legends banner in spite of the discontinuation are Star Wars: The Old Republicnote  and Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars Roleplaying Game.note 

Details on the the works that made up the old Expanded Universe, and the tropes contained therein, will be covered here.

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The new Expanded Universe (The Canon)

    Live-Action Shows 
  • The Mandalorian (2019) - Follows a lone gunslinger after the fall of the Empire.
  • Untitled Cassian Andor series (TBA) - A spy thriller starring Cassian Andor before the events of Rogue One.

    Animated Shows 

    Web Series 

    Video Games 

Due to the player-centric nature of these games, most are pseudo-canon unless stated otherwise.

  • Master and Apprentice (2019) — focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi's time as Qui Gon Jinn's apprentice.
  • Queen's Shadow (2019) — covers the transition of Padmé Amidala's political career from queen to senator.
  • Dark Disciple (2015) — a novel staring Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos that is based on an unproduced story arc of The Clone Wars.
  • Catalyst (2016) — a prequel tie-in to Rogue One centered around the Erso family, Orson Krennic and the early days of the Death Star project before the reign of the Empire.
  • Ahsoka (2016) — focuses on Ahsoka Tano in the early years of the Empire.
  • Adventures in Wild Space (2016) — A young readers' series. Milo and Lina Graf, the two children of frontier explorers, go on a journey through Wild Space to find their parents, who have been abducted by Imperial agents.
  • Lords of the Sith (2015) — takes place between Revenge of the Sith and Rebels, detailing how Darth Vader and Darth Sidious take action when a rebellion on Ryloth threatens the newly-established Empire.
  • Tarkin (2014) — featuring the character from A New Hope, battling a rebel cell, five years after the rise of the Empire.
  • Lost Stars (2015) — follows two friends who find themselves on opposing sides over the course of various historical events; from the rise of the Empire to the Battle of Jakku.
  • Thrawn (2017) — the origin story of Grand Admiral Thrawn and his early career with the Empire.
  • Flight of the Falcon (2018-?) — A series of young reader novels about the Millennium Falcon during various points in history.
  • Most Wanted (2018) — A prequel to Solo, showing Han and Qi'ra in their youth on Corellia.
  • Last Shot (2018) — A prequel to Solo while jumping to after Return of the Jedi, telling of an encounter Han had with a criminal.
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) — The film novelization of Solo, by Mur Lafferty.
  • A New Dawn (2014) — a prequel to the Rebels TV series showing how series protagonists Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla met.
  • Servants of the Empire (2014-2015) — focuses on the adventures of Rebels character Zare Leonis, as he goes undercover in the Imperial Academy to find out what had truly happened to his missing sister, Dhara.
  • Ezra's Gamble (2014) — a prequel to the Rebels TV series starring Ezra Bridger and bounty hunter Bossk, who team up to find a wanted bounty on Lothal, and end up discovering a conspiracy regarding the local garrison.
  • Rise of the Rebellion (2014) — the junior novelization of the Rebels series premiere episode, "Spark of Rebellion".
  • Star Wars Rebels chapter books (2014-2015) — junior novelizations of Rebels Season 1.
  • Leia, Princess of Alderaan (2017) — focuses on the story of Leia Organa as she grows up as royalty under House Organa on Alderaan and subsequently becomes a young leader of the Rebellion.
  • Rebel Rising (2017) — a young adult prequel tie-in to Rogue One centered around Jyn Erso during her days as a Partisan.
  • Thrawn: Alliances (2018) — A sequel to Thrawn, where the Grand Admiral teams up with Darth Vader.
  • The Mighty Chewbacca (2018-?) — a young reader's series about Chewbacca.
  • Thrawn: Treason (2019) — the third novel focusing on Thrawn. Thrawn comes to odds with Director Krennic and is forced to make an impossible choice between his loyalty to the Empire, or to his homeworld.
  • Guardians of the Whills (2017) — a middle-grade prequel tie-in to Rogue One following Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus after the Empire's takeover of Jedha and Saw Gerrera's arrival.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) — The film novelization of Rogue One by Alexander Freed.
  • A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (2015) — The first in a new series of film novelizations, by Alexandra Bracken. Adapts A New Hope.
  • From a Certain Point of View (2017) — An anthology of forty stories from numerous viewpoints of characters present in A New Hope, each story written by a different writer/author in the Star Wars franchise.
  • Inferno Squad (2017) — taking place after Rogue One, from the perspective of an Imperial infiltration squad sent to eliminate the remaining Partisans from the Galaxy for once and for all. A tie-in and prequel to the storyline of Battlefront II.
  • Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo Adventure (2015) — Han Solo and Chewbacca fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion. Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Heir to the Jedi (2015) — Takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, told by Luke Skywalker in first-person.
  • The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure (2015) — Set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, the story finds Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and R2-D2 stranded on a mysterious planet, and explores Luke’s first-ever duel with a lightsaber.
  • Battlefront: Twilight Company (2015) — Thematic tie-in to the first Battlefront game.
  • The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi? (2015) — The second in a new series of film novelizations, by Adam Gidwitz. Adapts The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure (2015) — Set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the story follows Princess Leia as she leads a ragtag group of rebels on a dangerous mission against the Empire.
  • Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! (2015) — The third in a new series of film novelizations, by Tom Angleberger. Adapts Return of the Jedi.
  • Alphabet Squadron (2019) — Set after Return of the Jedi, several Rebel pilots flying different classes of starfighters team up to hunt down remaining Imperials after the Battle of Endor.
  • Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy:
    • Aftermath (2015) — Takes place in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Endor while the Rebels consolidate their gains and the Empire struggles to regroup.
    • Life Debt (2016)
    • Empire's End (2017)
  • The Legends of Luke Skywalker (2017) — A series of tales from people who claimed to have met Luke Skywalker.
  • Bloodline (2016) — Set six years before The Force Awakens, centered around Leia's political career in the New Republic before the emergence of the First Order and the founding of the Resistance.
  • Phasma (2017) — A novel telling the story of Captain Phasma before the events of The Force Awakens.
  • Join the Resistance (2017-?) — A series about a ragtag group of new, young Resistance trooper recruits who think they're ready to take on the First Order, but things are not as all cracked up as they seemed to be.
  • Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away Volume 1: Aliens (2016) — A collection of short stories based around alien characters from The Force Awakens. Four of the stories received a digital release in December 2015, while all six were released in print in April 2016.
    • All Creatures Great and Small — Bobbajo tells how he escaped from and destroyed the Death Star.
    • A Recipe for Death — When his sous chef turns up dead, the cook at Maz Kanata's castle holds an unusual competition to find the culprit.
    • The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count Dooku — The Crimson Corsair and his crew race in the hunt for an old Separatist ship after hearing rumors of it housing Count Dooku's treasure.
    • The Face of Evil — The Frigosian cryptosurgeons of Takodana give a criminal on the run just what she asks for.
    • High Noon on Jakku — On Jakku, faithful droid goes rogue and commits a bank robbery, forcing Constable Zuvio to get to the bottom of things.
    • True Love — Unkar Plutt finds love.
  • Cobalt Squadron (2017) — Follows Rose, Paige, and other members of Cobalt Squadron during their service to the Resistance.
  • Before the Awakening (2015) — Tells a story in the lives of Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron each before their fateful encounters in the events of The Force Awakens.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - The novelization of the film of the same name. Written by Alan Dean Foster, ghost writer of the original Star Wars novelization and writer of Splinter of the Mind's Eye, the very first EU novel (making this a Remake Cameo gig of sorts).
  • BB-8 on the Run (2017) — A tale about BB-8 on the run on Jakku after the attack on the village of Tuanul and before meeting Rey.
  • Canto Bight (2017) — An anthology of four stories, each telling a tale of characters in Canto Bight.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2018) — The novelization of The Last Jedi, written by Jason Fry.

  • Adventures (2017-?) — a series of comics that range from taking place before The Phantom Menace up to The Last Jedi.
  • Forces of Destiny: Adventures (2018) — a five-issue Spin-Off series of the Adventures comics and the Forces of Destiny animated shorts.
  • Darth Maul (2017) — a five-issue limited series set before The Phantom Menace showcasing a younger Darth Maul's descent into the dark side of the Force.
  • Probe Droid Problem (2017) — a mini-comic published in Darth Maul, Part I, set during the events of The Phantom Menace, centered around a DRK-1/Sith probe droid used by Darth Maul while on Tatooine. Bundled with Droid Dilemma and SaBBoTage in Droids Unplugged #1.
  • Obi-Wan & Anakin (2016) — a five-issue limited series set between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones dealing with the early years of Anakin's training in the Jedi Order.
  • Age of Republic (2018-2019) — an eight-issue anthology series with each part focusing on a hero or villain from the Prequel era.
  • Jedi of the Republic (2017-?) — a series of five-issue arcs revolving around different Jedi during the Clone Wars.
  • Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir (2014) — a four-issue limited series based on an unused story arc of The Clone Wars. This holds the distinction of being the only canonical comic book to not be published by Marvel Comics.
  • Kanan (2015-2016) — an ongoing series featuring the backstory of one the lead protagonists of Rebels, explaining how the young Jedi was able to go into hiding following Order 66 and was eventually able to strike out as a rebel leader.
  • Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith (2017-2018) — a series exploring Darth Vader's adjustment in the early days of the Empire, transitioning from being a man to the cold & ruthless machine he becomes forever known for.
  • Star Wars: Thrawn (2018) — a comic series adaptation of Thrawn.
  • Star Wars: Lost Stars (2017) — a manga webcomic adaptation of Lost Stars.
  • Rebels Magazine comic strips — (2015-2017) - a series of twelve-page comics released with every issue, telling stories of the Ghost crew and others in between episodes of Rebels.
  • Beckett (2018) — a oneshot about Tobias Beckett's life as a scoundrel before meeting Han during the events of Solo.
  • Lando: Double or Nothing (2018) — a five-issue limited series exploring what Lando and L3-37 were doing immediately prior to their appearance in Solo.
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story — a comic adaptation of Solo
  • Han Solo — Imperial Cadet (2018-2019) — a five-issue limited series set during the three-year time skip in Solo, covering Han's time at the Imperial Flight Academy.
  • Tales from Vader's Castle (2018) — a five-part Spin-Off from Adventures about a series of horror stories set in the Star Wars universe.
  • Star Wars: Rogue One — a comic series adaptation of Rogue One.
  • Cassian & K-2SO (2017) — a one-shot special of the Rogue One comic adaptation, featuring how Cassian met K-2SO.
  • Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi (2017) — a four-issue comic series adaptation of The Weapon of a Jedi.
  • Age of Rebellion (2019) — an anthology series with each part focusing on a hero or villain from the Classic era.
  • Star Wars: Smuggler's Run (2018) — a limited comic series adaptation of Smuggler's Run.
  • Star Wars: Story Before The Force Awakens (2015-2016) — A Korean webcomic that acts as a prequel to, and then adaptation of, the Original Trilogy. Considered Broad Strokes canon by Disney. English version available here.
  • Princess Leia (2015) — a five-issue limited series showing Leia Organa's attempt to find and unite all surviving Alderaan refugees following the destruction of the planet.
  • Marvel Star Wars (2015-ongoing) — an ongoing series taking place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, shown from the perspective of several different members of the Rebel Alliance.
  • Darth Vader (2015-2016) — an ongoing series that takes place in the same timeframe as the 2015 Star Wars comic series, showing how Darth Vader rebounded from his defeat at the Battle of Yavin.
  • Vader Down (2015) — a crossover between the Star Wars and Darth Vader series.
  • Droid Dilemma (2016) — a mini-comic published in Marvel Star Wars #25 — The Last Flight of the Harbinger, Part V, centered around R2-D2 as he gets caught up in miscellaneous activities in the settling of a temporary rebel base on Reamma in his attempt to meet up with Luke when they're assigned a mission. Bundled with Probe Droid Problem and SaBBoTage in Droids Unplugged #1.
  • The Misadventures of Triple-Zero and Beetee (2016) — a mini-comic published in Darth Vader 20: End of Games, Part I, featuring Triple Zero and Beetee, who visit a workshop for supplies on Aphra's behalf, only to turn against the owner when he tries to steal the Triple Zero's personality matrix for a high bounty.
  • Doctor Aphra (2016-beyond) — a series that takes place after Darth Vader Issue #25, centered around Doctor Aphra going into hiding and attempting to return to her life of archaeology, while simultaneously dealing with her debts to Black Krrsantan and keeping her droids under control.
  • The Screaming Citadel (2017) — a crossover between the Star Wars and Doctor Aphra series.
  • Lando (2015) — a five-issue limited series showing Lando Calrissian before he became Baron Administrator of Cloud City, in which he steals a starship that turns out to be Emperor Palpatine's personal yacht.
  • Han Solo (2016) — a five-issue limited series revolving around Han and Chewbacca on a mission for the Rebellion to investigate the murders of rebel informants, doing so by participating in the Dragon Void Race.
  • Chewbacca (2015) — a five-issue limited series about Chewbacca getting temporarily stranded on a planet while on a mission for the Rebellion, finding himself getting mixed up in the local crisis.
  • Storms of Crait (2017) — a oneshot spin-off of the main comic series, about Leia and Luke as they come across Crait in their search for a new rebel base after the Battle of Yavin.
  • Shattered Empire (2015) — a prequel to the events of the The Force Awakens, showcasing Poe Dameron's parents in the immediate after of the Battle of Endor.
  • Star Wars: TIE Fighter (2019) - a mini-series that follows an elite TIE Fighter squadron known as Shadow Wing that are tasked to protect Imperial points-of-interest.
  • Star Wars Special: C-3PO (2015) — a oneshot story explaining how C-3PO got his red arm by The Force Awakens.
  • Age of Resistance (2019) — an anthology series with each part focusing on a hero or villain from the Sequel era.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (2019) - a tie-in miniseries for the titled theme-land at Disneyland, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Walt Disney Studios Park.
  • Poe Dameron (2016-2018) — a series that follows Poe Dameron and a squadron of Resistance pilots as they search for Lor San Tekka.
  • SaBBotage (2016) — a mini-comic published in Poe Dameron #1 — Black Squadron, Part I, centered around BB-8 on D'Qar, helping a tech officer confess her feelings to her crush, an X-Wing pilot. Bundled with Probe Droid Problem and Droid Dilemma in Droids Unplugged #1.
  • Captain Phasma (2017) — a series taking place from the perspective of Captain Phasma at the end of The Force Awakens to the beginning of The Last Jedi.
  • DJ (2018) — a oneshot about a day in the life of DJ and his backstory, taking place before the events of The Last Jedi.

    Reference Books 

Treated as in-universe material

  • Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy (2016) — a worldbuilding guide that explores propaganda used in the conflicts seen up to The Force Awakens.
  • The Rebel Files (2017) — A series of rebel documents from throughout the Galactic Civil War, spanning from Rebels to Return of the Jedi, with footnotes written by members of the Resistance in the time leading up to The Force Awakens. The continuation of a 'Legends series of similar annotated documents that includes The Jedi Path, Book of Sith, The Bounty Hunter Code, and Imperial Handbook.
  • Scum and Villainy: Case Files of the Galaxy's Most Notorious (2018) — A selection of documents on various criminals in the galaxy collected by the Divo family over decades.
  • Smuggler's Guide (2018) — The next annotated document book following The Rebel Files.
  • YT-1300 Millennium Falcon: Haynes Owner's Workshop Manual — A crossover with the Haynes series of vehicle manuals, this is a new edition of a Legends book that is updated to include features of the Falcon that were seen in the sequel films and Solo.


  • Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide (2014) — provides background details for the main characters and villains of Rebels.
    • The Visual Guide: Epic Battles (2015) —a Season 2 edition of the Rebels Visual Guide.
  • Star Wars in 100 Scenes — an illustrated overview of the six films, providing minor details and background info, along with naming many characters who had only been named in Legends.
  • Ultimate Star Wars — a guide based on the DK visual dictionaries.
  • Ships of the Galaxy — a visual guide dedicated to the many starships in the franchise.
  • Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (2015) — a reference guide that highlights "anecdotal, quirky and obscure facts" about the franchise.
    • Updated and Expanded (2017)
  • Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded (2016)
  • Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor (2017)

    Short Stories 
  • "Kindred Spirits" — a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 159 and a tie-in to Dark Disciple as a prequel, featuring Asajj Ventress having an encounter with the pirate Lassa Rhayme.
  • "Orientation" — a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 157 that takes place in the middle of Lords of the Sith and features an Imperial officer attempting to assassinate the Emperor.
  • "The Voice of the Empire" — a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 170 that ties into Catalyst and Rogue One as a prequel, taking place from the perspective of a disillusioned HoloNet news reporter during the second Empire Day.
  • "Mercy Mission" — a short story in the Rise of the Empire omnibus that features Hera Syndulla on one of her first missions as a rebel running supplies to her homeworld of Ryloth.
  • "Bottleneck" — a short story in the Rise of the Empire omnibus that features the first meeting between Grand Moff Tarkin and efficiency expert Count Vidian as they attempt to solve production issues at a vital Imperial factory.
  • "TK-462" — a short story detailing the life of a Stormtrooper, from his childhood to his abrupt death.
  • "The End of History" — a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 154 which follows a member of the Corellian Resistance on the run from the Empire who encounters a man with several Jedi artifacts.
  • "Rebel Bluff" — a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 158 and a tie-in to Rebels Season 2 premiere "The Siege of Lothal" as a prequel, featuring Lando Calrissian on the planet Lothal pursuing a young woman who steals the pot of a sabacc game he and Vizago were playing.
  • "One Thousand Levels Down" — a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 151 that takes place on Coruscant shortly after the destruction of Alderaan, following two refugees from the doomed planet in their attempts to escape persecution from the Empire.
  • "Last Call at the Zero Angle" — a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 156 which focuses on a group of TIE fighter pilots drinking at the Zero Angle.
  • "Inbrief" - a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 161 featuring Twilight Company during the battle of Allst Prime.
  • "Blade Squadron" — a two-part short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 149-150 which focus on a squadron of B-Wing pilots during the Battle of Endor and their attempt to destroy a Star Destroyer.
  • "The Levers of Power" — a short story in the Rise of the Empire omnibus that shows the Battle of Endor from the point of view of Admiral Rae Sloane.
  • "Turning Point" — a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 169 set after Return of the Jedi as a tie-in to Life Debt, telling the tale of a tracker named Gorlan Seba, who lived peacefully on the fringes of the Galaxy until the Empire hired him to hunt down rebels.
  • "Blade Squadron: Zero Hour" — a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 160. In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, Blade Squadron rebuilds while struggling to deal with their own relationships with each other before the Battle of Malastare.
  • "Blade Squadron: Kuat" — a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 168 and a tie-in to Life Debt. Blade Squadron leads an assault on Kuat Drive Yards.
  • "Blade Squadron: Jakku" — a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 172 and a tie-in to Empire's End as a simultaneous episode. Takes place from Blade Squadron's perspective during the Battle of Jakku.
  • "Scorched" — a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 165 and a tie-in to Bloodline as a prequel, exploring Greer Sonnel's past with Han before she joined the New Republic and became an ally of Leia's.
  • "Bait" — a short story in Star Wars Insider Magazine 162 that follows big game hunter Grummgar during a hunt on the planet Ithor.
  • "The Perfect Weapon" — Bazine Netal is hired by an unknown employer to retrieve a mysterious package from a retired stormtrooper.

  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (2019-present) — An upcoming new addition to Disneyland, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Walt Disney Studios Park, the land will be set on the remote planet of Batuu, just on the edge of the Outer Rim. Taking place after The Last Jedi, guests can interfere with a battle between the First Order and the Resistance, and they can also take control of the Millennium Falcon, while exploring the many repurposed spaces of the old outpost planet.

    Promotional Material 
  • HoloNet News (2014) — Imperial propaganda news report shorts on Tumblr providing background information on Lothal for the then-upcoming show, Rebels.
  • The Weapon of a Jedi (2015) — A short animated comic adapting excerpts from The Weapon of a Jedi, as part of a promotional campaign by Nestlé.
  • Smuggler's Run (2015) — A short animated comic adapting excerpts from Smuggler's Run, as part of a promotional campaign by Nestlé.

Canon Policy

In April 2014, virtually all of the Expanded Universe was declared non-canon to the upcoming third trilogy. Only the theatrical films, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and new material released after this point will be considered canon (as listed above). However, the old Expanded Universe remains a resource used as a frame of reference for future material, at the discretion of their writers and the new Lucasfilm Story Group. In fact, the "new" Expanded Universe is in and of itself a misnomer — everything from this point on is simply being referred to as being either "Canon" or "Legends" in order to reflect the fact that everything is being approved by Lucasfilm.

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Tropes used throughout the Star Wars Expanded Universe:

  • Anachronic Order: Star Wars could qualify as the king of this trope.
    • First, we have the Prequel Trilogy, which were released 16 years after the Original Trilogy.
    • Then, we have The Clone Wars, which was released after the Prequel Trilogy but takes place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
      • The Clone Wars actually qualifies twice, at least in the first two and a half seasons. The majority of the episodes featured in the aforementioned seasons were aired and released anachronically — with two of them taking place before the pilot movie.
    • Rebels takes place almost fifteen years after Episode III but a few years before Episode IV — and was released in 2014.
    • The sequel trilogy — probably the only entries in the franchise post-OT to be aired in proper order (both in their numbering scheme AND in Real Life time) will be released in 2015, 2017, and 2019...and the Anthology films will serve as prequels to the original trilogy, and will be released in 2016, 2018, and 2020.
    • This isn't even getting into the novels, comics, video games, and other media that the franchise has spawned — not to mention future material.
  • Anyone Can Die: Several, including (but not limited to):
    • The Prequel Trilogy - Qui-Gon Jin, Shmi Skywalker, The Separatist Leadershipnote , Mace Windu & most of the Jedi Ordernote , Senator Padmé Amidala, and the Galactic Republic as a political entity
    • The Clone Wars killed off countless Clone Troopers & Commanders, the occasional arc villain, and various minor/one-shot characters, as well as allies, Separatists, recurring antagonists, a Zillo Beast, & EVEN a family of Force "entities" known as the Force-wielders, either during its run or in canonical supplementary material.
      • This semi-canonical video shown at SWCO 2017 implies that Cad Bane was gunned down by Boba Fett sometime during the final months of the Clone Wars
    • The Darth Vader comic has so far killed off various surviving Jedi such as Jocasta Nu, as well as Clone Commander Fox.
    • Solo has Rio Durant, Val, L3-37, Dryden Vos, and Tobias Beckett all confirmed dead, as well as an off-hand reference made by Lando implying that Beckett killed Aurra Sing sometime after the Clone Wars ended.
    • Rebels - Various, including:
      • Season One - Commandant Cumberlayne Aresko, Taskmaster Myles Grint, and the Grand Inquisitor
      • Season Two - Minister Maketh Tua, and the Inquisitorsnote 
      • Season Three - Viceroy Gar Saxon, (Darth) Maul, Commander Jun Sato, and Admiral Kassius Konstantine
      • Season Four - Commander Brom Titus, Captain Slavin, Old Jhonote , most of Phoenix Squadron, R3-A3, Captain Vult Skerris, Kanan Jarrusnote , Imperial Minister Veris Hydan, Clone Captain Gregornote , Rukh, and Governor Arihnda Pryce
    • Rogue One ends up with Lyra Erso, Saw Gerrera, Galen Erso, the entirety of Rogue Squad, General Antoc Merrick, and Director Orson Krennic all confirmed dead by the end
    • The Original Trilogy - Owen and Beru Lars, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Grand Moff Tarkin, Yoda, Jabba the Hutt, Admiral Firmus Piett, Emperor Palpatine, and Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker
      • Between the events of Inferno Squad & Battlefront II, the original members of the titular squad are no more, following the deaths of Agents Seyn Marana, Del Meeko, Gideon Hask, and Iden Versio alongside various minor and supporting characters such as the Dreamersnote , Admiral Garrick Versio, and Gleb. Even Iden's mother, Zeehay dies off-page near the end of their debut novel.
      • The Aftermath Trilogy has killed off General Jylia Shale, Hostis Ij, General Crix Madine,note  Adea Rite, Kyrsta Agate, Mister Bones' original body, Yupe Tashu, Brentin Wexley, Auxi Kray Kobin, Gallius Rax, and Jom Barell.
    • The reference guide, On the Front Lines, not only reveals that Derek "Hobbie" Kliviannote  was killed during the Battle of Hoth, but also that the entire New Republicnote  were wiped out during the Hosnian Cataclysm as well.
    • The Sequel Trilogy has killed off Han Solo, Admiral Ackbar, Supreme Leader Snoke & his Elite Praetorian Guard, Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, Captain Phasma, and Luke Skywalker
    • The Expanded Universe saw the deaths of various "main" & supporting characters such as:
  • Big Bad: Various including:
  • Big Good:
    • Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and the Jedi Council in the Prequel Triogy
    • The early Rebel leadershipnote  in Rebels until Senator-in-Exile Mon Mothma starts to take over the role late in Season Three
    • The now Chancellor Mon Mothma in Rogue One, the Original Trilogy, Aftermath Trilogy, & various other expanded works
    • Luke Skywalker is set up as both this and the Greater-Scope Paragon for the Resistance until events in The Last Jedi sees him fade away into myth, and Princess-General Leia Organa forced into the rolenote .
  • Bittersweet Ending: Various conflicts such as the Clone Wars, and Galactic Civil War tend to end on these.
    • The Clone Wars ends with the Galactic Republic triumphant, with many prominent Separatists deadnote , its droid armies disabled and its Navy destroyed, with many worlds now free, BUT the Jedi Order have been wiped out, entire planets are being strip-mined for valuable resources , and Supreme Chancellor Palpatine has seized power of the Republic; renaming it the First Galactic Empire, and with Anakin Skywalker by his sidenote , fully intends to rule the galaxy through a mixture of fear, intimidation, propaganda, the military & the Death Star.
    • The Galactic Civil War ends in a Rebel Alliance/New Republic victory, with the deaths of Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin and most of their Jakku leadershipnote , along with the disappearance of Grand Admiral Thrawn, collapse of the Imperial Government & all associated organisations and with the now universally despised Grand Vizier Mas Amedda left governing the remnants of the Galactic Empire following the destruction of both Death Stars, failure of the Contingency and the signing of the Galactic Concordance, BUT the new Government has lost a lot of friends and allies getting therenote , Alderaan was still destroyed while untold others were left ecologically damaged beyond repairnote , and with its newly created Senate still suffering from the same political stagnation as its predecessor along with a now openly corrupt Senate Guard and various other threats, both new & existing, such as surviving Imperial Remnants, growing piracy, rising crime and a growing Dark Side cult calling itself the "Acolytes of the Beyond"; all while out in the Unknown Regions, an imperial splinter group led by Grand Admiral Rae Sloane & Commandant Brendol Hux, are busy reforming the empire under a new name: the First Order.
  • Broad Strokes: Creators within the new continuity (many of whom also wrote for the "old" EU) often take the broader details of previous EU works by themselves or others in this sense. For instance, the novel Tarkin by James Luceno clearly takes the broader plots of his previous three novels as still having happened, and Kanan makes some veiled references to the events of the novel Shatterpoint. And in general, while the post-Endor slate has been wiped clean, there also seems to be less need or desire to retcon Prequel-era material.
  • Canon Immigrant: Any new works that are influenced by works that were made in the Legends continuity utilize this trope, reworking old characters (and iconic ships) into the new setting. (Perhaps the most obvious example is that many background characters only given names by the Legends continuity have kept their names, and in many cases their backstories, in newer works.) See the individual pages for more.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Remember Rae Sloane, that one Imperial officer that was a major character in A New Dawn and she started appearing in a bunch of other works, and then ended up being a major character in the Aftermath trilogy? She becomes the founder of the New Order after killing Rax, as he wanted to kill the Empire instead of keeping it alive.
  • Continuity Lockout: Not official and necessary, but it's been widely accepted among fans that you'll get more mileage if you read/watch certain material in a particular order for a connecting plot.
    • For Saw, Jyn, and the Partisans: Catalyst -> Rebel Rising -> Guardians of the Whills -> Inferno Squad. This assumes you've already watched Rogue One, but if you haven't, it is advised you watch it after Catalyst. It is most effective to read Rogue One novelization right before or right after Rebel Rising (and of course, after watching the movie). The comic book adaptation adds a couple of new scenes, but is not necessary. Rebels episodes "Ghosts of Geonosis" and "In the Name of the Rebellion" feature Saw & the Partisans, and they are also a Minor Major Character in Leia, Princess of Alderaan.
    • For Leia: You can read Bloodline and Leia, Princess of Alderaan in either order, the former taking place when Leia is older, the latter when Leia is a teenager. While both books have the benefit of being written by the same author, however, Bloodline was written first. Rebels episode "A Princess on Lothal" and Forces of Destiny episode "Bounty of Trouble" are related to Princess of Alderaan, but are not necessary. Of course, this is assuming you've watched all the movies up to The Force Awakens.
    • The Tales from Wild Space section of the Adventures comics have background from Adventures in Wild Space, which in turn is majorly tied to a piece of backstory of Rebels.
    • Averted for the most part with Thrawn, which, despite being a prequel to Rebels, can fit easily in the Legends continuity. The assumption being made here is that you're reading Thrawn because either you're a newcomer that is curious to learn the backstory of this new character thanks to Rebels, or you're an old Thrawn fan and you just want to learn what's going on with him in this new continuity. Thrawn does get namedropped in Empire's End with possible Foreshadowing, though it does not serve much at the moment.
    • As it is Rebels tie-in material, you'll be more inclined to read Servants of the Empire if you are a fan of Rebels or at least watch Rebels.
    • For Kanan: Similarly, you'll be more inclined to read A New Dawn and Kanan if you're a viewer of Rebels. A New Dawn can be read at any time, though it seems to be more effective if read at least after Season 1 of Rebels. Kanan delves into Kanan's backstory, but similarly, it also seems more effective if read after Season 1 of Rebels (and after reading A New Dawn).
    • For Imperials/First Order: Tarkin and Thrawn in either order (though again, Tarkin was written first), with Catalyst and the Aftermath trilogy being readable at any time.
    • For Ahsoka: Assuming you've watched all the movies currently released (or just the Original and Prequel Trilogies) and The Clone Wars (which is probably the only reason why you know of Ahsoka), watch Rebels, then read Ahsoka (which is an interquel between The Clone Wars & Rebels).
    • For Inquisitors: Same as the advice given about the Ahsoka plotlines, except read Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith after reading the Ahsoka novel.
  • Continuity Porn: Again, king of the trope. Star Wars has so many Call Backs, Call Forwards, Continuity Nods, Mythology Gags, and Internal Homages you could spend hours listing them all. In fact, it's safe to say Star Wars has more of them than any other franchise.
  • Continuity Reboot: A massive one, as detailed by the description above.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Leia limited series expands upon how she responded to Alderaan's destruction, and what she did immediately after A New Hope.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: The Imperial Court, full stop. Comprised of its Central Governmentnote , alongside the various Ministries, Senate, and other 'outside' agencies such as the Inquisitoriusnote , it often suffered from political infighting and Interservice Rivalry as a result of various other more politically savvy politicians and officialsnote  gaining the power, influence, and Emperor's favour that they constantly strived for, much to the detriment of those less powerful than themnote , who often tried to usurp their rivals through various means, much to the displeasure of the true leaders & power-brokers within the Court: Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, Grand Vizier Mas Amedda and The Emperor himself.
  • The Don/The Syndicate: Solo implies that there are at least six major crime syndicates, three of which are (presumably) the Hutt Cartel led by the Grand Hutt Council under Jabba and/or Mama, Black Sun led by a Chairmannote , and Crimson Dawn under (Darth) Maul's leadership with Dryden Vos and Qi'ra as the figueheads.
    • Other major crime syndicate's that existed during both the twilight years of the Galactic Republic, and subsequent reign of Palpatine's Empire included the Broken Horn Syndicate, Crymorah Syndicate, Fardi clan, Garbis Family, Pyke Syndicate, Son-tuul Pride, Surat Nuat's gang, Trade Spine League, Xrexus Cartel, and various pirate gangs led by the likes of Hondo Ohnaka & Maz Kanata.
    • The criminal underworld was completely and drastically changed forever following the death of Jabba, the subsequent decades of turbulent Civil War that now engulfed the Hutt Cartel, and Black Sun's loose alliance with a rival crime organisation and mining conglomerate that called themselves the Red Key Raiders; all of these events would see the rise of new criminal gangs that would eventually take their place at the top of the criminal underworld, such as the Kanjiklubnote , the Ranc gang led by a former Imperial Stormtrooper by the name of Terexnote  and the Nikto Cartels led by powerful "businessmen" such as Rinnrivin Di.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Alderaan during Palpatine's reign and thirty years later, the Hosnian System, which subsequently signalled the start of the First Order conflict.
  • Elite Mooks: While the Imperial Stormtroopers and B1-Battle Droids have cemented their status as Cannon Fodder, they have several close relatives who are competent enough to give the heroes a rough time.
  • The Emperor: Sheev Palpatine for the First Galactic Empire, followed by Fleet Admiral/Counselor Gallius Rax
  • The Empire/Galactic Superpower: The First Galactic Empire, followed thirty years later by its successor state, the First Order
  • Enemy Civil War: The Galactic Empire undergoes one after the Emperor's death, thanks to a growing New Republic, defecting Imperials, and rogue Moffs and officers becoming warlords or declaring themselves Emperor, which resulted in both the Imperial Army and Imperial Navy abandoning Coruscant, and leading to the ISB (or Imperial Security Bureau) usurping control from Grand Vizier Mas Amedda and heavily defending the isolated capital, with the planet slowly descending into a battleground against the New Republic supported insurgents and the de facto leaders of the planet. Meanwhile, the leaders of the Imperial Army and Imperial Navy (Grand General Kenner Loring & Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax, respectively), the two biggest factions within the empire go through their own Civil War with each other, all whilst fighting off the New Republic forces.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Numerous characters has noted that they felt cold in the presence of the Dark Side:
    • The first time this trope is in The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke describes the cave on Dagobah as cold.
    • On Rebels, Ezra felt cold after his brush with the Dark Side. Later, both him and Kanan also described the presence of Vader as such.
    • In Shattered Empire, Leia felt cold when entering the hangar of the Royal Palace of Theed, sensing the lingering presence of Darth Maul.
  • Famous Last Words: See here.
  • Flanderization/Planet of Hats: Happened to a lot of species and characters Depending on the Writer. A notable example is the Cantina Biths from the original Star Wars, who instead of being a band who happen to be Biths, possibly from the same planet (and thus, logically, the same species) they are members of an entire race of 1-dimensional musicians.
    • Hutts are another example; as Jabba in the films is an example of the 'ruthless Hutts', the Expanded Universe banks on the fact that the Hutts are all gangsters.
      • Likewise, Jabba himself is frequently only characterized by his vicious greed and gluttony.
    • On the other hand, both above examples and many more are subverted or even averted completely in different media, again Depending on the Writer; there are even writers who have created Sith Biths and Jedi Hutts, even if such examples are almost universally accepted as Jumping the Shark.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: Various Governments and organisations throughout the franchise. Notable examples include:
    • The Galactic Republic, which was founded by the various remnants of the Old Republic, alongside the Jedi Order.
      • The Jedi Order has their semi-mythical "Prime Jedi" as their founder.
    • The Separatist Alliance which has Count Dooku, Darth Sidiousnote , Archduke Poggle the Lessernote , and various corporate "sponsors" such as the Trade Federation, Techno Union, Commerce Guild, and InterGalactic Banking Clan.
    • The First Galactic Empire was was founded by then-Supreme Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine, alongside Anakin Skywalkernote , Admiral/Governor Wilhuff Tarkin and Mas Ameddanote .
    • The Rebel Alliance, was formed through an alliance between Senator-in-exile Mon Mothma, fellow Senator Bail Organa, and the various myriad resistance cells and factions associated with the Rebel Networknote .
      • It's predecessor, the Rebel Network, was founded through a partnership between Senator Bail Organa and former Jedi padawan, Ahsoka Tano/Fulcrum I.
    • The successor state to Palpatine's empire, the New Republic, was formed by Chancellor Mon Mothma, Princess Leia Organa and their allies, alongside the first few worlds that were liberated by the Rebel Alliance following the Emperor's demise over the Forest Moon of Endor.
    • The First Order has Grand Admiral Rae Sloane & Commandant Brendol Hux, alongside various other exiled Imperials, with Supreme Leader Snoke & the Centrist Party being seen as its true founders and core leadership, especially by most individuals within the New Republic's Senate, Military, and Intelligence agencies.
      • The Knights of Ren was founded by the Acolytes of the Beyond; itself founded by Adviser Yupe Tashu, until The Last Jedi retconned them into being the remnants of Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order that were seduced into the Dark Side by his nephew, Ben.
    • The Resistance has Senator Leia Organa, Gial Ackbar, Nien Nunb, Doctor Harter Kalonia, and various New Republic pilots.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Dark Side in general, along with whatever is calling out to Palpatine out in the Unknown Regionsnote , while (Darth) Maul serves as this in Solo, and the Grysk are considered to be this by the Chiss Ascendency, as revealed in Thrawn: Alliances.
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: Several, including:
  • Loophole Abuse: After the Galactic Concordance was signed, Sienar were told they couldn't make ships for the First Order. Their solution? Create a subsidiary that wasn't beholden to the treaty, and get right back to work.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Tarkin reveals Emperor Palpatine's first name is Sheev.
  • Protagonist Title: Tarkin, Princess Leia, Ahsoka, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Kanan, Poe Dameron, C3-PO, Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra, Lando, Obi-Wan & Anakin, Darth Maul, TK-462, Thrawn, Darth Maulnote , and Twilight Company. Technically, you could also count Rogue One and Rebels.
  • The Purge: Various, namely:
    • Revenge of the Sith ends with the Sith's victory over the Jedi Order, via this near the end, though a few did escape.
    • The Force Awakens reveals that Luke's newly re-created Jedi Order was wiped out by a joint First Order/Knights of Ren strike force, led by none other than his nephew, Ben Solo, until The Last Jedi retconned the event as a schism between Ben's faction and those that were loyal to his uncle, Luke Skywalker, after he tried to murder his nephew in his sleep.
  • Reality Ensues: As with the old EU, the new EU makes it painstakingly clear that just because the Rebels blew up a major Imperial space station, destroyed a good portion of their fleet, and killed the Emperor and his most prominent subordinate doesn't mean that the entire Galactic Empire collapsed overnight.
  • Recursive Reality: Apparently. On this design sheet for an episode of The Clone Wars, there's a holomovie called Space Wars, which features a story being told "long long ago in a galaxy far far away" with a superweapon that totally isn't the Death Star.
  • La Résistance/Rebel Leader: Various, such as:
    • The Separatist Alliance led by Count Dooku, General Grievous, the Council, and secretly Darth Sidious/Supreme Chancellor Palpatine]].
    • The Clone Wars features several, that would continue fighting during the Galactic Civil War including the Free Ryloth Movement led by Cham Syndulla, and the Mandalorian Resistance, which was formed by Bo-Katan Kryze.
      • The Onderon Rebels were another such group which were led by Saw Gerrera and co-led with his sister, Steela, alongside the Jedi Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, and the former Separatist & Death Watch member, Lux Bonteri. By the time of the Galactic Civil War, it had renamed itself the Partisans, and by Rogue One, Saw was once again leading them, this time alongside his chief lieutenants/enforcers, Benthic and Edrio "Two Tubes". Following their defeat on Jedha, the remnants reorganised themselves into two separate groups, the Dreamers led by one of Saw's former lieutenants, Staven, alongside Dahna, and a mysterious benefactor known only as the "Mentor"note , and another calling themselves the NaJedha Partisans, which were led by their surviving leader, Benthic.
    • Various other insurgency groups that were formed during Palpatine's rise to power include the early Mon Cala Resistance led by King Lee-Char, Admirals Gial Ackbar and Raddus, & the rogue Jedi Padawan, Ferren Barr, and the Cloud-Riders led by Enfys Nest.
    • The Rebels TV series and other related media has the Rebel Network, led by Senator Bail Organa and his wife, Queen Breha, alongside the Fulcrum informantsnote , with military support from both Phoenix Squadron led by Commander Jun Sato, and the Massassi Unit led by General Jan Dodonna
    • Rogue One & the Original Trilogy has the Rebel Alliance led by Senator-in-Exile/Chancellor Mon Mothma, fellow Senator Bail Organanote , the Council, and the various heads of its military branchesnote 
      • Rebel groups that were officially affiliated with them include the Corellian Resistance, whose leadership are currently unknownnote , and the NaJedha Partisans, while the Imperial world of Shu-Torun led by its Queen, Trios, choose to secretly align themselves with the movement.
    • Uprising has the titular group led by the "Smuggler", his sister Riley, and their "allies, which included various crime lords (such as Shortpaw, Voras, & "Deathstick"), members of the Noble Court (Her Majesty, & Sir Corto Belrake), and the local Rebel leadership (Tam Bastion & Rebel heroes Lando Calrissian and Lobot)
    • The Sequel Trilogy has the aptly-named Resistance led by Princess-General Leia Organa, along with various military commanders.
  • Sacred Scripture: The Church of the Force revers the Journal of the Whills.
  • Schrödinger's Canon:
    • Propaganda mentions that there was a "Dark age" of the Galaxy, during which there was a Jedi-Sith war, which included at least two Battles of Coruscant; one of the Sith taking it over, with a later one of the Jedi Order liberating Coruscant from the Sith. In Legends, you could argue that it began with the Sacking of Coruscant, where the Sith Empire took Coruscant, forcing the Jedi Order to flee to Tython. It wouldn't be until about two-thousand and a half years later that at the end of the New Sith Wars (also known as the Jedi-Sith War) that the Jedi were able to retake Coruscant. There was also a Cold War between the Jedi and Sith after the Sacking of Coruscant and the Jedi returning to Tython. In addition, said the Jedi-Sith War is also said in both canons to have resulted in Darth Bane creating the Rule of Two, which helps enforce the idea that the events alluded to by the New Expanded Universe may be the same ones from Legends.
    • The online Encyclopedia (the precursor to the Databank before the Star Wars website was overhauled; it is no longer accessible) states that the Hundred-Year Darkness from a thousand years before the main era was started by a rogue Jedi exiled by the Jedi High Council, as he believed that the right way to go about things is tapping into the dark side, resulting in the birth of the Sith with the help of his followers. In Legends, the Jedi is named Ajunta Pall, who was dabbling around in alchemy and discovered how to create & shape life while doing so. The Jedi High Council was so disturbed by this that they shunned his discoveries for being dark sided and tried to destroy his work, much to the anger of him and his followers, setting off the war. At the end of the Hundred-Year Darkness, Pall and his followers were exiled from Republic space... though this proved to be a bad choice, as they ended up finding the Sith species on Korriban and things went from there.
    • Inquisitors were originally part of Legends canon, via various Star Wars Role-Playing games, before being used in other Legends material, before being officially re-canonized as the main antagonists of Star Wars: Rebels.
  • Serial Escalation: Each generation of the franchise tries to outdo the previous in terms of special effects, characterization, and sheer awesomeness.
    • A New Hope was The Hero's Journey by way of Space Opera, with some Japanese and Western elements blended in. The Empire Strikes Back introduced lots of tragic elements, and helped flesh out the mythology a bit more. Return of the Jedi acted as a Grand Finale for the Original Trilogy with strong themes of redemption and a good sense of closure (at least at the time).
    • The Phantom Menace was little more than the groundwork for the following five films, yet had significantly better special effects than had been seen in the series to date; it also introduced Anakin as a young, unassuming protagonist who was thrust into extreme circumstances. Attack of the Clones introduced much darker elements, as well as expanded upon the roles of a Jedi Knight and Padawan Apprentice. Revenge of the Sith turned the dark elements Up to Eleven, and simultaneously gave us some of the most expansive battles (both literal and spiritual) the series had seen up to that point.
    • The Force Awakens was a retread of A New Hope, but with several elements from across the franchise and pumped up on steroids.
    • This could also be seen in the series' trademark weapon, lightsabers. The original weapons were simple, single-bladed swords with blades of plasma or lasers, depending on who you ask. The swordfights in these films were equally simple — probably because knowledge of how to wield them had long since been lost. The Phantom Menace introduced us to double-bladed lightsabers, while simultaneously portraying Jedi and Sith wielding the weapons extremely competently. Attack of the Clones introduced lightsabers with curved hilts wielded by an Old Master, only for Revenge of the Sith to one-up this by giving us a cyborg who quadruple-wielded his. The Clone Wars then went ahead and gave us animated saber duels, with one of its arc villains Dual Wielding double-bladed lightsabers. It still wasn't enough. Rebels gave us the Inquisitorius, whose double-bladed lightsabers can spin on an axis, while The Force Awakens gave us crossguard-sabers with unstable blades, wielded by a Psychopathic Manchild with a flair for the dramatic. And now, the Season 2 finale of Rebels has shown us there is still more to come, with the revelation that the aforementioned inquisitors can use their spinning lightsabers to fly. It's anyone's guess what the franchise's most iconic weapon will be capable of next.
  • Society Marches On:
    • It was frequently mentioned in Legends that women in the Imperial Military was an extreme rarity. However, likely as a result of women taking greater roles in real-world militaries, there has been a substantial increase in the amount of women passingly mentioned as serving in the Imperial Navy, including a female captain of a Star Destroyer. Although even at the time of the Legends continuity this was partially a matter of making the Empire a Politically Incorrect Villain, since the New Republic military had a fairly large proportion of female personnel.
    • Lords Of The Sith features the first lesbian character in the new canon - who, interestingly, is also an Imperial.
    • Rather than painting the Galactic Civil War as being black and white as it was in the films, the new Expanded Universe mixes things up with noble Imperials and ruthless Rebels, although it's still pretty obvious who we're supposed to be rooting for. For example, the Imperials have individuals such as Maketh Tua, Agent Kallus, Rae Sloane, and Inspector Thanoth; the Rebels have Saw Gererra, and Berch Teller.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The major ones are General Cassio Taggenote , Admiral Ackbarnote , Chewbacca and Mon Mothma who have all escaped their original EU fates.
  • State Sec: Several, such as:
    • COMPNOR (Commission for the Preservation of the New Order), which is basically the Empire's equivalent of the SS. It has an executive committee, its own military and intelligence wings, a social engineering agency, and its own youth group. The Imperial Security Bureau, one branch, has the responsibility of, among other things, rooting out spies and traitors in the Imperial ranks, as well as hunting down rebel cells.
    • In some ways, the Jedi act this way given the allegiance to the Republic as opposed to simply the Light Side of the Force. In addition, their level of power gives them a fearsome reputation that they are willing to use to their advantage in both The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones as "keepers of the peace".
    • Rebels features the Inquisitorius; a secret division consisting of dark side Force-sensitive agents tasked by Emperor Palpatine to hunt down the remaining Jedi. The Imperial Security Bureau also makes an appearance in the form of Agent Kallus.
    • We find out in Poe Dameron that the Imperial successor state, the First Order, has a successor agency to the ISB called the First Order Security Bureau.
  • Ungovernable Galaxy: Even in a galaxy apparently controlled by superpowers such as the Galactic Republic and Galactic Empire, the Galaxy still proves to be quite ungovernable. Even before Palpatine carried out his master plan, the Republic was crumbling due to corruption, while the Empire kept somewhat better control of its territory, at the cost of vastly increased military expenditure and curtailed rights. Even with their military might, the Empire were still unable to stamp out the seemingly thousands of crime syndicates that flourished in the galaxy; some space was even ruled by crime lords! Let's not also forget how the Empire was unable to exterminate the Rebels or crack down on Rebel Sympathisers. After all, it is very difficult to track down offenders in the vast void of space.
  • Villain Decay: As referenced in various expanded universe works such as Rebels, Rogue One, Marvel's Star Wars, Battlefront II and the Aftermath Trilogy, the First Galactic Empire now suffers from this in the new canon, thanks to a combination of The Emperor's management skills & Deadly Decadent Court, liberation of Lothal (which saw the death of Governor Arihnda Pryce, destruction of the Seventh Fleet, and disappearance of Grand Admiral Thrawn), Operation Cinder, and subsequent mass defections, warlord-ism, imperial pretenders, constant civil war, and the ISB usurping control of Coruscant from the Ruling Council, following the Emperor's death, destruction of both Death Stars, and loss of fleets at Jakku that eventually saw their sole surviving legitimate ruler, Grand Vizier Mas Amedda, willingly sign the Galactic Concordance, which finally signalled the end of its 24-year military rule.
  • Villain Episode:
    • Lords of the Sith, starring Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine.
    • Tarkin, starring the titular Grand Moff.
    • The Darth Vader comic, starring... Well, guess.
    • Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir, which picks up where The Clone Wars left Maul. Also features Darth Sidious and Mother Talzin.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Kind of a guarantee, since the stories tend to jump around different places and in different parts of the timeline. Lots of unique places and characters may be explored at one point in the timeline (such as the Republic era), but has yet to be covered in later eras. There's also deliberately not showing a topic's past/future to obviously keep up the mystery of what happens to them until a Wham Episode that answers the question. So of course, this trope generally leads to seeds later sprouting into something greater later on.