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On April 25, 2014, Lucasfilm Ltd. announced that in preparation for the upcoming sequel trilogy and spinoffs, the original Star Wars Expanded Universe would not appear in any future Star Wars materials; past tales of the Expanded Universe will be printed under the Star Wars Legends banner, and a new continuity has been established that consists only of the original film trilogy, the prequel film trilogy, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars pilot film and television series, and all future material from that point onward.

This page is exclusively about Star Wars Legends content, comprising material made before Disney-owned Lucasfilm gave the entire Expanded Universe a Continuity Reboot. If you want information about the new EU, look here.

Word of warning: the old Expanded Universe, now Legends, is vast. Therefore, please only add works that have their own pages on this wiki. The books listed are each part of their own series. They are heavily outnumbered by standalones and two-part series. A list of all Star Wars media is here. Warning: Huge. To give you an idea, pretty much every background character seen in the films, even that alien guy just passing by the screen, has not only a name and a species listed, but a fully fleshed out biography. Typically no more than that, but still. Oh, and even the movie's background props have received their own stories. As of mid-2012, the list shows 2,337 items. Thankfully, a book has been published that ties everything published up to its release date into a neat timeline and has summaries of most of it. Conversely, the new Expanded Universe established by Disney is easier to catch up on... for the time being.


Quite a few entries have a questionable canon status, since the new continuity has been porting in concepts and backstory pretty freely. Star Wars Rebels especially seems to be doing this intentionally.

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Note: BBY and ABY stand for "Before the Battle of Yavin" and "After the Battle of Yavin" respectively — that is, the number of years before/after the destruction of the Death Star in A New Hope.

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Before the Republic Era (prior to 25,000 BBY)

Old Repubic era (25,000-1000 BBY)

Rise of the Empire era (1000-0 BBY)

Rebellion era (0-5 ABY)

New Republic era (5-25 ABY)

New Jedi Order era (25-37 ABY)

Legacy era (37 ABY-)

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Before the Republic (37,000-25,000 BBY)

Old Republic era (25,000-1000 BBY)

Rise of the Empire era (1000-0 BBY)

Rebellion era (0-5 ABY)

New Republic era (5-25 ABY)

New Jedi Order era (25-37 ABY)

Legacy era (37 ABY-)

Various eras

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  • Star Wars: Adventures, a six-book comic set with each focusing on a different character (Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, Han, Darth Vader and Boba Fett). Not to be confused with the comic book series of the same name from the Continuity Reboot.

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"Infinities" is a term referring to Star Wars Legends stories that do not apply to the Legends continuity timeline. These stories were often written as parodies or presented "What If?" circumstances and were therefore officially considered non-canonical within the Legends continuity.

Canon Policy

Over the years what counts as canon for Star Wars has been made extremely difficult due to the size of the expanded universe (made no better by George Lucas making a special edition every year or so). However a very loose system as to what makes up the overall canon was created by Leland Chee, a Star Wars expert hired by George to keep track of everything Star Wars. Before the events of April 2014, the levels of continuity were:

Tropes used throughout Star Wars Legends:

  • Absurdly Dedicated Worker: Played for Laughs in The Essential Guide to Droids. The tech book tells an anecdote where a binary load-lifter, a barely sentient droid that amounts to a forklift with legs, continued to stack boxes on a section of floor despite increasing signs that it was about to give way. After it collapsed onto the floor below, the load lifter just got back up and went to get more boxes.
  • Abusive Precursors:
    • The Rakata. Galaxy-wide slavers and Force-abusing conquerors. Eventually it seems The Force itself took issue with how they abused its power, and they crumbled into a few primitive tribes on one planet.
    • The Ancient Sith Empire also qualify from the perspective of most of the later eras.
  • Academy of Evil: The Shadow Academy.
    • Any grounds of Sith teachings qualifies, like the Korriban Academy or Trayus Academy.
  • Advanced Ancient Humans: While still used in the "modern" setting, many EU references state this technology has been used for a VERY long time.
  • Advantage Ball: Any practitioner of Battle Meditation. Bastilla Shan, Nomi Sunrider and Darth Sidious are notable examples.
  • Aerial Canyon Chase: The Star Wars Expanded Universe loves this in general. If a book has "X-Wing" in the title (and even occasionally if it doesn't), expect there to be at least one of some sort. X-Wings are actually somewhat slower and less maneuverable than TIE fighters, but there are a few reasons why the canyon trick can work. TIE fighters, with those wings, have greater air resistance, and those pilots who haven't trained in atmosphere often don't compensate for that. And an X-Wing can turn on its side and use its targeting computer to get through a gap only a handful of meters wide, while TIE fighters are almost as wide as they are tall. As Iron Fist showed, a TIE interceptor can pull off a similar maneuver due to it having a narrower profile than a TIE fighter.
  • Airstrike Impossible: This trope is so prevalent in the franchise that the Legends continuity introduced the phrase "Trench Run Disease" to refer to the practice of small starfighters swarming and overwhelming large ships and stations at close range.
  • Alternate Continuity:
    • As of April 25, 2014, the entire thing (particularly EU stuff set after Return of the Jedi), compared to the films (The 3D Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series is still considered canon, though). It's safe to say that Doctor Aphra, Ezra Bridger, and Kylo Ren do not exist in this universe.
    • The Infinities comic series, which are three independent retellings of the Original Trilogy storyline after a Point of Divergence in each of the movies. For A New Hope, what if Luke fails to destroy the Death Star? For The Empire Strikes Back, what if Luke froze to death on Hoth? For Return of the Jedi, what if C-3PO is accidentally broken by Jabba? In addition, the "Infinities" label was applied to anything else deemed completely non-canon, such as official parodies, the Star Wars Tales anthology comics and crossover content like LEGO Star Wars.
  • The Alternet: Some works feature something called the Commnet. More prevalent is the Holonet, a system of Subspace Ansibles that allow real-time holographic communication across the galaxy.
  • Ancient Astronauts: Filled with these, the most famous are the Rakata (more Infamous to be precise), Gree, and Celestials. And as sources indicate, their devices were FAR more brilliant than those used in the current setting.
  • Anti-Human Alliance: The Diversity Alliance in the Young Jedi Knights series. Its leader is the sister of Oola (the slave Jabba fed to the rancor in Return of the Jedi) and its formation was motivated by the extreme anti-alien attitudes of the Empire.
  • Anti-Magic: Ysalamiri actually void the Force in a vicinity about them. This makes Force users much more vulnerable in their presence. However their rareness and how hard they are to transport them stop them being a convenient countermeasure. Justified in that the vornskyr, one of the main predators of their planet of origin Myrkr, in part uses the Force to hunt its prey. (In a related note, vornskyrs take an irrational dislike to Jedi.)
  • Anything That Moves: Zeltrons seem to live and breathe this trope, to the point that it might be considered a cornerstone of their culture...
  • Appeal to Force: Deconstructed, in keeping with Leia's line in A New Hope, "The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers." Imperial brutality, rather than cowing resistance to their rule, just tended to make people either angry or desperate enough that they'd fight back even harder.
    • In The Han Solo Trilogy, one of Han's Space Cadet Academy classmates defected to the Rebellion after the Empire put down a peaceful protest by incinerating it with a starship's engines.
    • In the X-Wing Series, Imperial Intelligence Director Ysanne Isard's increasingly brutal tactics after the New Republic captures Coruscant from her gradually alienate the very allies she needs to maintain her grip on power (unlike Palpatine, Isard is just the most powerful warlord in what's left of the Empire and no longer has effectively unlimited resources). One remarks that a soldier working for Isard had just two outcomes: death by the Rebels, or death by her.
    • Called out directly by a disguised Grand Admiral Thrawn in Tatooine Ghost. As an object lesson to an overly zealous stormtrooper commander who had tortured civilians, Thrawn punches him out and then asks him if that made him like Thrawn better. He then states that the new doctrine of the Imperial Remnant isn't ever-increasing brutality, it's Pragmatic Villainy. As shown in The Thrawn Trilogy (written earlier but set about a year later), while Thrawn is willing to be a Bad Boss who executes subordinates for failure and even depopulate entire planets if he finds it necessary, he does carefully weigh the practical pros and cons beforehand: the subordinate he killed on screen had failed due to incompetence and then tried to pin it on his supervising officer (and in a Call-Back to this incident, he later promotes another man for being creative when faced with a similar problem, even though the attempt failed).
  • Armed with Canon: Legends basically had three main warfronts between authors:
    • Timothy Zahn, Aaron Allston, and Michael A. Stackpole coordinated fairly closely in their books and spent much of their time retconning what were generally considered the worse stories to make more sense. This culminated in I, Jedi as a Fix Fic for the Jedi Academy Trilogy, X-Wing: Starfighters of Adumar breaking Wedge up with Qwi Xux from the same trilogy and putting him back with Iella Wessiri, and Hand of Thrawn which spent much of its time taking potshots at nearly every preceding book not written by the Power Trio.
    • There was also two sets of Ship-to-Ship Combat invoked over Luke Skywalker and his niece Jaina Solo. For a while it seemed every author wanted to pair up Luke with their female OC (Gaeriel Captison in The Truce at Bakura, Callista Ming in The Callista Trilogy, and finally Allanah in Black Fleet Crisis). Zahn got the last laugh in Hand of Thrawn when Luke asks Mara Jade to marry him, but then Legacy of the Force stuffed her into the fridge. Dark Horse Comics and the Del Rey novel writers (particularly Troy Denning), meanwhile, fought over whether Jaina would end up with her childhood friend Zekk or with Jagged Fel (originally a Zahn character). Dark Horse won with the implication in Legacy that Jaina and Jag founded an imperial dynasty; a subsequent novel had the two marry.
    • Finally, between Karen Traviss and approximately everybody else over the Mandalorians, whom she tended to write as a Mary Suetopia better than the Jedi in every possible way, and Denning responding in such ways as dropping biological weapons keyed to the Fett genome on Mandaloria just to kill off her Fett clones and their descendants. The Disney EU ultimately kept Traviss's worldbuilding intact but ignored the fights with Denning and preference of the Mandalorians to the Jedi.
  • Badass Gay:
    • Ferus Olin; Jedi and if his author and the copious amounts of Ho Yay are to be believed, in love with Roan Lands.
    • Goran and Medrit, a pair of Happily Married Mandalorian warriors.
    • Juhani and Belaya from Knights of the Old Republic. Granted, it had to fly mostly on subtext, given Lucasarts policy at the time.
  • Badass Normal:
    • Han Solo is one of Star Wars' best examples. He pals around with Jedi— including, eventually, his own children— and always manages to more than hold his own.
    • Boba Fett has certainly earned himself a reputation as a badass. The man took on Darth Vader and did better than most Jedi (mostly because he survived intact). Boba has badass dialogue at times as well.
      "I swear by the soul I don't have, I am going to kill you."
      "Here's the deal. You break her heart, I break your legs." ―Boba Fett to Ghes Orade, on Orade's relationship with Fett's granddaughter, Mirta Gev.
    • Wedge Antilles - Only pilot in the universe to survive BOTH Death Star runs... and still kicking 25+ years later. Per the Jedi Academy Trilogy, explicitly not Force-sensitive, and yet widely considered the finest fighter pilot in galactic history.
  • Bad Black Barf: Mnggal-Mnggal zombies drool and vomit dark gray goo. Worse, the goo is in fact Mnggal-Mnggal itself, and it can go on to infect the new victims.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The Orinda Campaign, alluded to in Black Fleet Crisis and finally explained in The Essential Guide to Warfare. The Imperials under Pellaeon actually managed to take some territory back from the New Republic, and kept hold of it until the war finally ended in a negotiated peace about five years later in Hand of Thrawn. Note that "Bad Guy" here = "Antagonist", since Pellaon's actually a pretty nice guy.
  • Bald Women: Asajj Ventress
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Darth Vader's armor being able to protect him in the void of space is a fairly consistent ability (Fitting, as the armor exists in the first place because early drafts of A New Hope had him enter the Tantive IV on "foot", through space). There are also the rare research flubs where characters are shown piloting TIE ships without the trademark TIE Pilot suit.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Jacen Solo went from a compassionate Jedi Knight to a pitiless Sith Lord. Anakin Solo was originally planned to venture to the dark side, but he was killed off instead.
  • "Begone" Bribe: According to ''The New Essential Guide to Characters", Jar Jar Binks once found employment as a shudderup musician; people pay to shut 'em up.
  • Big Bad: Several, primarily stemming from Sith Lords, but others carry on the role as well.
    • The original galactic Big Bads were the Rakatan Infinite Empire, a race of powerful dark side-using Abusive Precursors who are long gone during most of galactic history, but are basically the spiritual predecessors of the Sith. Oh, and they're alive and well during the Dawn of the Jedi comics, the earliest chronological works in the EU.
    • The first major Sith Big Bad is the prototypical Dark Lord, Naga Sadow, ruler of the original Sith Empire during their very first major conflict with the Jedi Order. He's not the first Sith Lord- not by a mile- and several other Sith from his era would cause problems for the galaxy- but he is the first one from the original Sith Empire to declare war on the Republic.
    • Fascinated by forbidden, Dark Side-laden teachings, Exar Kun would rise to become the second major (though self-proclaimed) Dark Lord to wage war against the Republic and the Order, as leader of the Brotherhood of the Sith (with allies in the Krath cult and the Mandalorians).
    • Although tempting to say "If it isn't a Sith, it's a Mandalorian", the only Mandalore that really earned being called a Big Bad is Mandalore the Ultimate. The last known Taung (original Mando species) to claim the title, Mandalore the Ultimate re-consolidated the clans under the Neo-Crusader banner and fought against the Republic in the Mandalorian Wars.
    • Formerly curious Jedi Knights, Revan and Malak came to be known as dreaded Dark Lords, and led their original Sith Empire (founded from splinter Republic armies) during the Jedi Civil War.
    • Following the Civil Wars' end, Darth Traya, Darth Nihilus and Darth Sion were the three Dark lords responsible for nearly driving the already-crippled Jedi order onto the brink of extinction, particularly during the second game of Knights of the Old Republic.
    • The Sith Emperor commanded The Remnant from Sadow's empire, rebuilding that civilization for over a thousand years, before finally launching an attack on the Republic and the Order around 3600 years prior to the movies. In his bid for revenge, he was also the one that spurred the Mandalorians into waging war against the Republic, as well as persuading Revan and Malak into doing the same. His attack sets off the Great Galactic War, which lasts 28 years and results in a stalemate, leading to a lengthy Cold War. By this point, The Sith Emperor has become a Greater-Scope Villain and left running The Empire to his Dark Council.
    • Eventually, the Sith Empire finally collapses and the Republic enjoys a period of relative peace....until one Jedi Master Phanius underwent a Face–Heel Turn, abandoned the Jedi Order and united the surviving Sith remnants into a New Sith Empire under the name Darth Ruin. Ruin is defeated, but his actions set off the New Sith Wars, a Big Bad Shuffle which last a thousand years and sees a succession of Sith Lords and Sith Orders waging a series of violent and costly wars on the Republic, notable ones being Dark Underlord, Darth Rivan, and Belia Darzu. All are defeated, but both the Republic and the Jedi are left shadows of their former selves.
    • The Sith, however, are not much better off and devolve into an Enemy Civil War that only ends with the formation of the Brotherhood of Darkness, led by one Lord Kaan, who struggles to keep the Sith from devolving back into infighting while both the Republic and the Jedi manage to rebuild themselves and their strength and move to take out the threat. Eventually Kaan is duped into killing them all, including himself unintentionally, by one...
    • Darth Bane. Bane, disgusted by Kaan's joke of a Sith Order, reforms it based on the Rule of Two, which states there will be One Master and One Apprentice, to prevent such squabbling ever happening again. He also sets in motion a grand Evil Plan to conquer the galaxy, which he expects to succeed in roughly 100 years.
    • It takes The Sith another thousand. Exactly what they were getting up to in all this time is still a bit of a mystery, but eventually we arrive at the time of The Movies and to Darth Plagueis and, more importantly, his apprentice Darth Sidious, aka Senator Palpatine of Naboo. After murdering his master in his sleep Palpatine finally executes the Sith's millennia old Gambit Roulette, successfully getting himself elected Supreme Chancellor and, with the help of Count Dooku, initiates the Clone Wars, that ends with Dooku dead, the Jedi devastated, and Palpatine with dictatorial powers. He takes troubled Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker as his apprentice Darth Vader and has him lead The Purge against the remainder of the Jedi. Palpatine reforms The Republic into The Empire with himself as Emperor, and spends the next couple of decades ruling the galaxy with an iron fist until The Rebellion, including Anakin's son Luke and daughter Leia, destroy his second Death Star and Vader undergoes a Heel–Face Turn and hurls Palpatine to his death.
    • After the Emperor's death, Ysanne Isard took over as the main Imperial antagonist during the X-Wing Series.
    • The role was shared between Grand Admiral Thrawn and Joruus C'baoth for The Thrawn Trilogy. A succession of major and minor villains followed, such as Admiral Daala, Admiral Pellaeon, and the spirit of Exar Kun, plus a couple of Hutts, rogue Imperials, Dark Jedi and one or two Always Chaotic Evil alien races, as The Empire devolved into a Vestigial Empire, and eventually signed a peace treaty with The New Republic. Everything finally seemed peaceful, until...
    • New Jedi Order introduced the Yuuzhan Vong, with their Supreme Overlord being Shimrra, but it's really Onimi that's pulling the strings. Over the course of a good 19 books the war with the Vong, driven by their toxic religion, kills hundreds of trillions of sentient peoples and sees the deaths of countless worlds, and though they are defeated and peace is made, the galaxy is left in a wreck...and the Sith are about to return...
    • Lady Lumiya set the dominoes up for Legacy of the Force, but she was defeated halfway through and later got replaced by her protege, Darth Caedus, aka Han and Leia's son Jacen following his More Than Mind Control-driven Face–Heel Turn.
    • Currently, we have a Big-Bad Ensemble for Fate of the Jedi in the form of Abeloth, another Outside-Context Problem; the Lost Tribe of the Sith, descended from a remnant of the Sith Empire; and Daala, now the embattled leader of the Galactic Alliance. The Jedi themselves have gotten Darker and Edgier too.
    • And finally, there is Darth Krayt and his One Sith for Legacy, set in 137 ABY, long after all the other main characters are dead. The Republic is finished, and The Empire is back but is now the lesser evil, and Krayt sets about executing a plan to bring order to galaxy he has been preparing for more than a century. His Dragon Wyyrlok briefly contests the title, but Krayt puts him down before finally being killed off himself.
  • Blatant Lies: Everywhere within Dark Side groups.
  • Bounty Hunter: Just look at the trope image.
  • Break the Haughty: The Selkath from Knights of the Old Republic suffer this greatly. Neither the Sith or the Republic wanted to attack Manaan because it was the planet which provided Kolto, the best healing agent of the time, and the Selkath abused that to make neutrality laws and had no problem imprisoning people from both sides who broke those laws. Fast forward to the discovery of Bacta, a far more effective healing agent than Kolto and Manaan suddenly crawls to the Republic to join and retain a strong economy. Manaan was denied and later was conquered by the Sith, who made the Selkath their slaves.
  • Breather Episode: The Millenium Falcon novel, which interrupts the very dark Legacy of the Force series. Also counts as Lighter and Softer.
  • Breeding Slave: In some works, (they're mentioned in X-Wing: Wedge's Gamble and The Bounty Hunter Wars), Kuati nobles are said to keep telbun, slaves apparently used for both recreational and procreative sex. In Wedge's Gamble Erisi Dlarit and Corran Horn use a Kuati noblewoman and her telbun as their cover ID during The Infiltration, and Erisi tells an Imperial customs agent that she's come to Coruscant with her telbun to conceive, following family tradition.
  • Broad Strokes: Star Wars really is the poster child for how this trope works. The fans of the Expanded Universe consider just about everything in the Expanded Universe canon in some way. See this article in Wookieepedia for how it all works. It basically boils down to a seniority: Movies > Television > Newer Material > Older Material (Subject to be ignored) > Non-Canon (What-If stories, game mechanics, and LEGO Star Wars).
    • Note that George Lucas, creator, owner, and final authority of the Star Wars franchise, has his own ideas on the subject of Star Wars canon. invoked
    • Prior to the Prequel Trilogy coming out, one of the biggest rules imposed in the old Expanded Universe was "Do not talk about the past". Specifically, writers were barred from depicting anything that took place before A New Hope (i.e. the Clone Wars, specifics of the Old Republic, how the Emperor came to power, how the rebellion stole the X-Wing prototype, the fall of the Republic and the Jedi Knights, the history of the Emperor and Vader, the history of the Mandalorians, and anything about the history of the Jedi Knights) with only broad allusions to the past allowed at best.
  • Bug War: The Dark Nest Crisis, mainly the Swarm War.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": All over the place. In-universe pop music, for example, includes genres such as jizz, jatz and heavy isotope.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Before some rehabilitative Character Development, many writers had Flanderdized the Empire and its servants into this. Ship names like Tyrant, Eviscerator, and Corrupter reinforce the ethos, as does the infamous phrase "I bid you dark greetings!".
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The 'verse has gone from about the same level of edginess as the original trilogy to Kill ’Em All status over time.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The Errant Venture, the Maw, Centerpoint Station, Dathomir...If it exists, it will either be completely forgotten about or become a central plot element repeatedly.
  • The Chessmaster: Most common are the heads of a Dark Side faction. A Sith Lord with multiple underlings is almost guaranteed to attempt to be this.
  • Chick Magnet: Of all people, Luke.
  • Choke Holds: Jedi are trained in martial arts. Choke holds are preferred by some as it leads to victory in a fight without causing damage to the loser or requiring much energy expenditure on the part of the Jedi.
  • The Chosen One: Both the Jedi and Sith have their version. The Sith called theirs the Sith'ari. It was told that the Sith'ari would destroy the Sith but would revitalize the Sith into a stronger group than ever before afterward. This was accomplished when Darth Bane eradicated the current Sith of his time, the Brotherhood of Darkness, and then established the Rule of Two, which lead to the Sith finally ruling the galaxy when Darth Sidious' plan was enacted.
    • The Jedi have their Chosen One in Anakin Skywalker. The Chosen One was to bring balance to the Force and destroy the Sith. While "bringing balance to the Force" is generally unclear, Anakin did destroy the Sith filling the spots of the Rule of Two (himself and Darth Sidious).
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Fey'lya.
  • Clip Its Wings: Rebel and New Republic fighter pilots find that the solar panels on TIE fighters make wonderful targets from the side.
  • Clone Army: Grand Admiral Thrawn recovered some Spaarti cloning cylinders capable of growing a clone to adulthood in a matter of weeks and giving it memories.
  • Colony Drop: In Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope, Yoda performs one by dropping the Death Star on Palpatine.
  • Comic-Book Time: Averted for a long time. Compare the in-universe dating of any story up to about a quarter of the way through the New Jedi Order with its date of first publication and you'll find that the difference between "years ABY" and "years since 1977" seldom exceeds 5 and the former never exceeds the latter.
  • Common Place Rare: Hot Chocolate is said to be an exotic drink.
  • Continuity Lockout: It's understandable due to just how big the Legends universe is, but good luck trying to follow and keep track of all the plot lines and stories without using an online guide, especially since these stories are all spread out through hundreds of comics, novels and video games, and they often include their own branching story arcs and new sets of characters! Even the fact that Disney has halted production of any new Legends material only slightly mitigates this.
  • Continuity Nod: "Kiss my Wookiee!" "I love you." "I know." "It's a trap!" "Perhaps you'd like it back in your cell?" "Great. I always wanted a walking carpet following me around." Some are painful.
  • Continuity Snarl: Several novels set after Return of the Jedi but released before Attack Of The Clones and the Clone Wars tv show present the clone army as the villains (The Thrawn Trilogy, for example, mentions Jedi fighting against insane clone soldiers when they attacked the Outbound Flight Project).
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Palpatine would kill and then resurrect Bevel Lemelisk no less than 6 times as punishment. Among them is being slowly devoured by beetles and being thrown into a vat of molten copper.
  • Corrupt Politician: This is the hat of the Bothan race. They genuinely hate the Empire, but they're backstabby jerks who are detrimental to the New Republic war effort, except as far as intelligence gathering goes. They're fantastically effective spies, and willing to take casualties. Even when they want to do good, they tend to assume that everyone else is scheming for political power, to the point where one Borsk Fey'lya routinely ignores warnings of genuine danger to the New Republic because he thinks the good guys are lying to screw him over.
  • Crazy-Prepared: These stories were among the first to expand on Boba Fett's character, who was an extremely enigmatic and undeveloped bit player in the movies, and it reveals that he is very good at planning ahead and preparing for emergencies. In one of the Galaxy of Fear books, it's revealed he always keeps the engine of Slave 1, his starship, running. In one of the Tales from Jabba's Palace stories, to ensure he doesn't have to remove his helmet, he has a extendable straw built right into it in case he wants a drink.
  • Crushing the Populace: Taken deadly literally in the Legends novel Tarkin (not to be confused with the newer novel of the same name), where Tarkin orders his shuttle landed on top of a group of anti-Imperial demonstrators.
  • Danger in the Galactic Core: The Deep Core is an enormous and extremely dangerous black hole cluster, even deadlier than the Maw outside the Kessel system. In the New Jedi Order series the Jedi build a base there after the Yuuzhan Vong capture Yavin IV, on grounds that it's next to impossible to reach the location alive without a Force-sensitive at the helm.
  • Darker and Edgier: The EU has been steadily creeping this way and towards Bloodier and Gorier. Compare the main horror of the first major novel, Heir to the Empire , to that of one of the most recent, Death Troopers. One is an adventure novel, and the horror is of being hunted down and captured by someone who wants to take your children. The other is survival horror, and the big fear is of being eaten by/converted into a zombie. There have been zombies in Star Wars before, but never quite the classical type.
    • The Legacy comics are all about this. Cade Skywalker is a drug-addicted bounty hunter who wants nothing to do with the Jedi or their force and constantly betrays and abandons friends and potential allies... and he's supposed to be the HERO.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Happens quite a bit. The gaining of significant power, wealth, and influence makes a lot of Dark Side practitioners forget their past.
  • Deadpan Snarker: By far the most prevalent form of humor in the galaxy. In way of characters, we have Mara, Ben, all of the Solo family, all of Rogue and Wraith Squadrons...everyone of any importance will get at least one snarky line in.
  • Death World: Kashyyyk is the usual example, but also Ryloth (the Twi'lek homeworld), Tatooine and others.
  • Defector from Decadence: A lot of Imperials who leave the Empire do so because they can't stand something about it anymore. Most of them join the Rebellion.
  • Democracy Is Bad: The government of the New Republic is so massively dysfunctional that it survives less than a generation. It is replaced by the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, which is so blatantly incompetent that they totally miss the fact that a Sith Lord pulls off a repeat of Palpatine's takeover of the Old Republic simply by slipping an amendment into a bill that gets casually passed by the legislature without notice. The Sith Lord in question's mother is the only one who observes that this is unconstitutional, as the office of Chief of State can supposedly only be gained via election. The government seems not to notice or care, even when he proceeds to go on a rampage against any world that does not submit to his rule. Following this debacle, the GFFA government again allows the office of Chief of State to go to someone arbitrarily appointed, in this case an Imperial Admiral who once tried to destroy their capital planet. She likewise attempts to create a police state, once again largely unimpeded by a compliant legislature, forcing the Jedi to become defiant outlaws. In contrast, the authoritarian Empire is increasingly depicted as better-run, complete with leaders who are noticeably more competent and even-handed than their counterparts running the GFFA.
  • Depending on the Artist: Strongly evident in the comics.
  • Depending on the Writer: So very much. Luke or Leia: who is the calm, humble, quiet one? Who takes more after their father? Does Han Solo say "Please" without sarcasm? What expletives do specific characters use, and what word substitutions? Thrawn: a mere tactical genius, or so near-omniscient that taking him down was a fluke? What household animals might civilians have? How are droids treated? Are stormtroopers soldiers following orders and doing what they think is right, or near-mindless evil Mooks who are okay to slaughter? Chewbacca: a character, or just a background detail? Does everyone know Luke and Leia's parentage? Is Leia utterly badass or a Damsel in Distress? Are Jedi demigods, unobservant and pathetically easy to kill, or somewhere in between? Daala: a complete General Failure or the second coming of Thrawn? Can X-Wing pilots contribute to the plot in any way besides flying around during a battle?
    • The most prominent Depending on the Writer issue is undoubtedly the question "How much about the main characters is common knowledge among the ordinary people of the galaxy?" Many writers assume that the galaxy is essentially made up of people who saw the Star Wars films and therefore Luke can't go anywhere without being recognized. On the other hand, other writers reduce the in-universe prominence of the main characters and knowledge about them—The Thrawn Trilogy's plot basically relies on the fact that nobody except Luke knows what happened on the Second Death Star in Return of the Jedi, and the general public are still debating whether Darth Vader died there or just went missing. In this version of the Star Wars galaxy, nobody except the main characters knows that Darth Vader was also Anakin Skywalker and was Luke and Leia's father. However, by Legacy of the Force, everything is apparently common enough knowledge that Han Solo makes jokes about Boba Fett's childhood on Kamino.
  • Displaced Origin: The Sith were not originally Dark Side Force users who opposed the Jedi Order.
    Vestara Khai: The term Sith actually refers to a species of red-skinned beings who were native to Korriban.
  • Distant Sequel: This is fairly, as the Legends continuity covers several millennia of galactic history:
    • Dawn of the Jedi takes place no less than 25,000 years before the movies, during the earliest origins of the force-using order that would later schism to form the Jedi and the Sith.
    • Tales of the Jedi is set 5,000 years before the movies and 100 years before Knights of the Old Republic.
    • Star Wars: Legacy takes place about one hundred years after the the original Star Wars movie trilogy, after numerous wars and political upheavals. The main characters are the descendants of the first trilogy's main cast, several generations removed, and when older characters show up it is typically as ghosts.
  • Disturbing Statistic: Luke is disturbed to learn that over a million people were on the Death Star when he destroyed it.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Nomi Sunrider in Tales of the Jedi until Master Thon manages to convince her that they're as much a tool as the Force, not just weapons.
  • Earned Stripes: Expanded Universe (Legends, at least) sources claim that the Corellian Bloodstripe that Han wears on his trousers is this also.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • Definitely Darth Nihilus, a Sith Lord who became a humanoid black hole in the Force; Waru, a more benevolent example and a mass of gold-plated flesh hailing from another universe; the Mnggal-Mnggal, a vast Blob Monster that covers an entire planet in the Unknown Regions and can possess living creatures by crawling inside them; and Abeloth, once a normal alien who became an immortal horror while trying to become a god. Arguably Palpatine in Dark Empire.
    • Alan Moore created a couple for several stories he wrote for a UK Star Wars magazine in the 1980s.
    • The Ones, also known creatively as the Force Wielders. Beings truly ancient beyond understanding, said to be Celestials, the first Precursors of the Star Wars Galaxy. Their power in the Force is so great that they can, without hyperbole, be considered embodiments of their respective sides: The Son, the Daughter and the Father. And that's not even mentioning the Mother.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Luke's childhood nickname was Wormie, acquired because he was the smallest in his group of friends.
  • Endless Daytime: Ryloth, the Twi'lek homeworld, a tidally locked planet.
  • Escape Battle Technique: If you fight Yoda, you have one of these. Usually a combination of Force Speed and distracting Yoda by endangering someone in the vicinity.
  • Evil Will Fail: The Sith are just too evil to have any system they create endure for long, thanks to Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
    • Even non-Sith practitioners of the Dark Side very rarely meet any success which lasts. Greed, jealousy and arrogance all wind up leading to the end of some Dark Sider's life.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: The Cereans (the species to which Ki-Adi-Mundi belongs) have a sex ratio unbelievably lopsided towards females, and that's why they are polygamous. Even Jedi like Ki-Adi are allowed and advised to practice polygamy, since every unmarried or not married enough male is a demographical hazard to the entire race.
  • Expanded Universe: Duh.
  • Expansion Pack Past: Pretty much everyone—most notable in the Tales sub-series, which famously gave virtually every bit character in every crowd scene a backstory. Even the priest that married Anakin and Padmé has his own Wookieepedia page.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: The seven forms of lightsaber combat that the Jedi and Sith use. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages in a sort of Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors, and each is associated with certain tropes:
    • Form I (Shii-Cho): The easiest style to learn, and so the first one taught.
      • Determinator: The mindset it espouses.
      • Fights Like a Normal: Shii-Cho was founded in the era where warriors were transitioning from common melee weapons to lightsabers, so much of the technique is based in classic swordsmanship, making it seem clumsy and awkward compared to later forms.
      • Flawed Prototype: The first attempt to establish a system of lightsaber combat, it does not utilize the lightsaber's unique mechanics as much as later forms, nor adequately prepare a Jedi to defend against another lightsaber.
      • Overshadowed by Awesome: Fully trained Jedi rarely specialize in this style in favour of more advanced techniques.
      • Simple, yet Awesome: Despite its basic moveset, it's a perfectly serviceable combat style.
      • Slice-and-Dice Swordsmanship: Known for its broad, sweeping attacks.
    • Form II (Makashi): A classical style reminiscent of fencing. The choice of many a Master Swordsman in days past.
    • Form III (Soresu): The most defensive style, well-suited to a Technical Pacifist.
    • Form IV (Ataru): A fast-paced, agile fighting style that often draws on the Force to perform acrobatic moves like the Spin Attack.
    • Form V (Shien/Djem So): A style emphasizing overpowering an enemy by defending and launching counterattacks. Shien is meant to be used as a Long-Range Fighter style while Djem So is its Close-Range Combatant variant.
      • Attack Reflector: Shien does this literally, specializing in reflecting enemy fire back where it came from. Djem So does it more metaphorically, since it emphasizes parrying and riposting.
      • Mighty Glacier: Djem So is the most physically powerful style, but kind of slow and not very agile.
      • Reverse Grip: Shien practitioners are known for occasionally doing this.
      • Unskilled, but Strong: Djem So is this relative to some other styles.
    • Form VI (Niman): A mixed style that blends all the previous ones into a single generic but versatile form.
      • Boring, but Practical: Nothing special or interesting about it, but the most all-around useful style.
      • Improv Fu: Emphasizes the use of creativity and unorthodox techniques like Psychic Powers and Dual Wielding to make up for its lack of a strong advantage in combat.
      • Jack-of-All-Stats: Has about evenly balanced strength, speed, etc. compared to the other styles.
      • Squishy Wizard: Niman is a less-demanding Form to learn, freeing the Jedi up to study other things like diplomacy, negotiation, or the Force itself, such that it's often called "The Diplomat's Form." As a result, it doesn't have the combat capability of the other Forms, resulting in Jedi who know only this Form being overwhelmed in all-out battle situations. Every dead Jedi on Geonosis? Guess which Form they studied.
    • Form VII (Juyo/Vaapad): A rarely used style that emphasizes a Tranquil Fury mindset and so requires a great deal of self-discipline to properly employ. Juyo is the original while Vaapad was created by Mace Windu.
    • Other techniques that may be used in conjunction with these styles: Jar'Kai (Dual Wielding); Sokan (Combat Parkour); Dun Möch (psychological warfare)
  • Face Death with Dignity: After being kills and resurrected countless times by the Emperor, Bevel Lemelisk is finally captured by the New Republic and is told by Wedge that, in no uncertain terms, he will be executed for building the Death Star. Bevel's response? "At least make sure you get it right this time."
  • Fantastic Racism: The Imperial policy of High Human Culture started as a justification for the lack of visible aliens in a clearly multicultural society and rapidly took on a life of its own.
  • Fantastic Recruitment Drive: Luke spends a lot of his time wandering around the galaxy looking for hidden Jedi as well as people with raw talent.
  • Fantastic Ship Prefix: RNS (Royal Naboo Ship) is used by ships of Naboo's security forces.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Much more prominent than in the films: Most EU material contains Actual dragons (not counting Dewbacks or other counterparts), Literal Wizards (not just Jedi), Actual swords, Elves (nagai), Endor from the Ewoks cartoon was a melting pot of this, magical artifacts, Magitek, castles, at least one vampire, Giants, Ghosts returning from the dead, Gods and Goddesses, etc. This is a big galaxy after all.
  • Fast-Roping: ARC troopers are seen doing this during the Battle of Kamino.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Bevel Lemelisk.
  • Featureless Protagonist: Several video games do that:
    • Rookiee One, the protagonist of Rebel Assault I was a typical Featureless Protagonist with no face, for whom you would select both name and gender. In the second game, he was actually played by a {male} actor in live-action cutscenes. Still haven't got a name though.
    • For Jaden Korr, the protagonist of Jedi Academy, the player would choose gender, species (Human/Rodian/Zabrak/Twi'lek/Kel Dor), facial details and costume. Years later he made several cameo appearances in various novels, which canonized him as dark haired Human male. He eventually got a major starring role in Crosscurrent and its sequel, Riptide.
    • The Protagonist of KOTOR, for whom players selected name, face and gender at the start, was later given the name of Revan within the game itself. The Old Republic MMO eventually gave him a canonical face.
    • Similarly, the Protagonist of KOTOR II received the name Meetra Surik in the novel Revan, while Star Wars: The Old Republic showed us her "true" face. Interestingly, she was canonizes as a woman by non-fiction sources back in 2006 and remains the only departure from "White Human Male" model the above 3 examples followed.
  • Fictional Political Party: The Expanded Universe details a very diverse political climate with a very large number of different political organizations and movements all across the galaxy. Some are parties that involve themselves in the local affairs of a single planet; others try to make an impact in the Galactic Republic or New Republic. Among them...
    • During and around the time of the Prequel Trilogy, the two main factions in the Galactic Republic are the Separatists, led by Count Dooku, who wanted to leave the leave the Republic as see that it was disbanded and the Loyalists, led by Senator Palpatine, who wanted to remain with it; as we all should know, this eventually led to the rise of the Galactic Empire.
    • The Rights of Sentience Party is a party in the New Republic that grew out of a lobbyist group with a similar aim, to protect the rights of sentient species.
    • The True Victory Party was a political party comprised of radical Bothans who wished to continue ar'kai (i.e. "genocidal warfare") against the Yuuzhan Vong.
    • The POWER Party (that's Preserve Our Wild Endangered Resources Party) of the planet Telos IV was an organization created in opposition to the Telosian government granting a Mega-Corp control over the planet's national parks and sacred lands for the mining of resources, which the POWER Party believed should be illegal.
  • Fixed Forward-Facing Weapon: The Darksaber is a cylindrical ship that houses a superlaser and makes up the majority of the ship itself.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Stories set before or between the events of the movies may fall into this. For example, if you read a story of Darth Vader searching for Luke between episodes IV and V, you would know that unless the location is Hoth he won't find him, at least not Luke's home base.
  • Frontline General: In all Sith Wars and Clone Wars materials, the Jedi lead Republic military forces against the Sith and Separatists. Being able to block blaster fire helps a lot.
  • Galactic Superpower: In chronological order: The Rakatan Infinite Empire, the Sith Empire, the Galactic Republic, the Galactic Empire, and finally the New Republic. After that the Galactic Alliance competed with the Fel Empire for a century before the Sith took over again.
  • Gatling Good: Hapan Battledragon cruisers have their main Turbolaser battery built like a flat version of this; and it works much the same way. The guns are built in a rotating ring around the central reactor, and each gun gets adequate time to charge. During a fight with a Star Destroyer, it states that there's a huge chunk of time where the Imperial ship has its guns silent, while the Dragon just keeps pounding on them.
  • Genius Loci: Zonama Sekot, a living planet.
  • Genre Shift: Occasionally someone will use the setting to do something different. The Galaxy of Fear series is kid-lit horror, the Coruscant Nights trilogy is detective noir, and Death Troopers is a zombie story.
  • A God Am I: Many Sith Lords, especially the heads of their current organization, fancy themselves this. Occasionally an overconfident Jedi will step into this territory. A few other Force-sensitive characters from various groups fall under this, too.
  • Gossip Evolution: Often done by agents of the Galactic Empire to use fear as a means of control. Darth Vader fought against a group of eight Jedi at the Conclave of Kessel and required assistance from the 501st Legion to prevail. After a bit of fact editing, the story changed to Darth Vader single-handedly wiping out fifty Jedi.
  • Grand Finale: Star Wars: Legacy Volume 2 18 serves as such for not only the entire Legacy series but of Legends canon altogether following the acquisition of the Star Wars franchise by Disney.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Boba Fett is a good example of this. Is he the villain to Han Solo's hero? Is he the guy training Jaina to defeat one of the most powerful Sith of all time? Or is he just the man leading his people and avoiding galactic conflict while picking off certain people for money?
  • Heel–Face Turn: Done to death.
  • Hero of Another Story: The tie-in games frequently used this. For example, the games Battle for Naboo and Star Wars Starfighter reveal there were three separate stories going on at once during the Droid Control Ship battle. Besides the N-1 Squadron fighting, Gavyn Sykes, the protagonist of Battle for Naboo, went through his own little story arc before he managed to take out the outside shield generator just before Anakin unwittingly blew up the ship from the inside. On top of that, Starfighter has another N-1 pilot, Rhys Dallows, going through a story arc that concludes with him destroying the ships reciever dishes used to launch the Droid Starfighters, and then flying inside the other side of the Droid Control Ship to chase down and kill a mercenary that had killed his mentor Essara Till and had showed up at the battle to aid the Trade Federation, while also destroying the ships portside power grid from the inside just at the same time Anakin unwittingly destroys the ship.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Dani, Shira, and especially Luke's wife Mara.
  • Heroic Willpower: Luke. Fighting the Empire, Yuuzhan Vong, Sith and more and emerging alive should require more of this than any single person could have.
    • Han also displays notable willpower on occasion, all the more impressive considering he does not have Force training.
    • Boba Fett deserves a mention. He was able to resist Vader's attempts to mess with his mind in their battle. And to be able to successfully kill as many Jedi as Fett has is most impressive. So impressive that Jaina sought him out when she wanted training.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: At the end of Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope, Yoda hijacks the Death Star and turns it against the Empire's forces, obliterating their fleet with their own super weapon. He then one ups that by dropping the Death Star on Sidious's head, killing him.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: The books are notorious for this.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Any works featuring the prequel-era battle droids, who never, ever, use cover (necessitating the creation of more threatening droids with armor and intelligence). The clones started out acting like this, but it got quickly dropped in favor of the Space Marine trope for them (See Rookies, for instance).
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Sith "alchemy" can allow even wildly different species to interbreed. Among other things, this is apparently why the Mon Calamari have traits of both arthropods and mollusks.
  • Hyperspace Lanes: There are major hyperspace routes that seem to be along natural "clear" paths.
  • I, Noun: I, Jedi, the only novel written in the first person.
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: A frequent occurrence when a Light Side being tries to bring a Dark Side being back to the light.
  • In the Blood: And how! Ben's a Chick Magnet like his father in Invincible. Before that, Anakin Solo is one in NJO, like his father. Jacen follows in his grandfather's footsteps. And Ben's the third Skywalker or Solo attract the romantic interest of the Hapan royal family.
    • List of Hapan royal family members who Totally Have The Hots(tm) for the Skywalker/Solo clan (running count: 4).
      • Taryn and Trista Zel to Ben (Invincible)
      • Isolder to Leia (The Courtship of Princess Leia)
      • Tenel Ka to Jacen (Young Jedi Knights, Dark Nest Trilogy) Had a kid
  • Incest Subtext: Averted. Practically no EU work written after 1983, and none set after 4 ABY, mentions Luke's crush on Leia.
    • Luke dwells on it briefly in The Truce at Bakura.
    • Allegiance hints a little, but it's set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
    • There's a perfectly natural explanation for all of it, but Luke's first scene in Heir to the Empire could easily lead someone unacquainted with canon to believe that he and Leia are married.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Hoth chocolate. And before you ask how cocoa beans can grow on Hoth: It's just regular hot chocolate with tauntaun milk.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: A few major characters have their backstories as a complete mystery, and considering how in-depth canon goes on everyone else, it's got to be deliberate.
    • We still don't know, and probably never will, where Mara Jade came from. Homeworld, parents? Complete blank.
    • Yoda has the nearly unthinkable status of never even having his species defined.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Yuuzhan Vong. Full stop.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: It really sucked for Anakin Skywalker during his lifetime. PROXY and Galen Marek even touch on the subject a bit.
    PROXY: I hate being him.
    Marek: I think he does, too.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: Luke Skywalker. He's so famous as the first of the revived Jedi Order that a nascent bar fight aborts just because he happens to be in the room. Everyone, even the arguing interlocutors, stop and wait for Luke to mediate the dispute. He ruminates on the reputation of the Jedi, but we know who's really famous. An in-universe Memetic Badass Warrior Monk.
    • Played with in that, at least for a few years after Return of the Jedi, people don't recognize Luke on sight... but they do recognize a lightsaber.
      Talon Karrde: With a lightsaber clipped to your belt? Please, you're either Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight, or someone with a taste for antiques and an insufferably high opinion of his own swordsmanship.
  • Living Legend: See above re: Legendary status.
    • Also, the Grand Admirals. In order to be promoted to Grand Admiral status, you have to be the best of the best of the best. Acquiring this rank carries with it legendary status, a warrior to be feared beyond all others. Grand Admiral Thrawn, of course, takes this Up to Eleven by being so amazingly good that even the Emperor, a human supremacist, is willing to promote him. In-universe and out, Memetic Badass.
  • Living Memory: Holocrons.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: If they're named, they have a backstory. And if they don't have names, they probably will soon.
  • Loophole Abuse: Darth Sidious was a follower of the Rule of Two, which states only two Sith may exist at once. However, Sidious had dozens of Dark Side followers besides Darth Vader, who was Sith #2. The loophole? They were taught the ways of the Dark Side but no Sith teachings. Darth Krayt abused the same loophole for his One Sith philosophy.
    • Not quite; Krayt just flat-out defied it. As he had every right to, because the One Sith is a different Sith Order. It doesn't have to follow the Rule of Two. The Rule of One is not based on the Rule of Two; it's intended to supplant it.
  • Love Redeems: You'd think the Jedi would be more accepting of love considering it tends to work well at making people turn away from the Dark Side. Vader's love for Padmé almost redeemed him before Luke ever picked up a lightsaber (who then did actually redeem him in Return of the Jedi). Nomi Sunrider was being tempted but her love for Ulic Qel-Droma shook her out of it. Revan's love for Bastila brought her back to the Light Side. Luke and Leia's love for one another helped turn Luke back to the Light Side after Luke tried to destroy the Empire from the inside. Galen Marek was trained by his father as a Jedi, then was made Vader's apprentice for years. The love for a woman was what kicked off his redemption.
  • Machine Empathy: Many of the novels state that pilots turn down their inertial dampeners so that they can get a feel for space flying (even though Space Does Not Work That Way).
  • Magitek:
    • While the films do not really give any indication of machines having any special connection to the Force, technologies and even outright magical items crop up quite a bit in the EU, especially the comics. Examples include the Rakatan Star Forge, Naga Sadow's flagship, his amulet later used by Exar Kun and Sith Meditation Sphere's. The Jedi and Sith Holocrons also probably qualify, as they appear to be impossible to duplicate with regular technology, and only work properly for Force-sensitives.
    • Lightsabers themselves zig-zag this trope. They waffled between "ordinary sci-fi weapons that are just very difficult to use" and "powered by the Force itself" in Fanon before settling on a compromise in canon: A lightsaber works on basic, well-understood technology, but a Jedi constructing their own lightsaber imbues the weapon's focusing crystal with the Force, and assembles the whole weapon using the Force to make it vastly more efficient (to the point that lightsabers flat-out give the finger to thermodynamics and never lose energy).
  • Mainlining the Monster: One of the novels had a spider monster that produced a spice called glitterstim, which needs to be harvested in complete darkness, as it's photoreactive. The spider uses it to make its webs, while other creatures use it for some kind of mind reading.
  • Meaningful Name / Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Most of the Sith Lords have names that fall under both of these tropes.
  • Medieval Stasis: Averted in some Legends material. Hyperspace Lanes used to have navigation buoys until the whole thing got miniaturized into navicomputers. Likewise, repulsorlifts (the antigravity phlebotinum), hyperdrives, and Deflector Shields used to be truly gargantuan until they also got shrunk. Finally, lasers used to need Gatling Good to fire rapidly (and were actually lasers, blasters are particle beam projectors instead). Black Fleet Crisis also indicates technological advancement by introducing new staple fighters (E-Wings instead of X-Wings and K-Wings for Y-Wings and B-Wings), but these are ignored in later novels (the reintroduction of the X-Wing in New Jedi Order is at least justified by their being improvements on the original).
  • Mentor Ship: Luke/Mara and Bane/Zannah. In fanfic, Luke/Corran, Luke/Kyp, Jacen/Ben, Mara/Palpatine, and of course Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan/Anakin, and Anakin/Ahsoka.
  • Mile-Long Ship: Kilometer-plus length seems to be fairly standard for capital ships. In particular the Empire built dozens of ships collectively termed "super star destroyers", which were upwards of nineteen kilometers long. Most were one-off designs and only the Executor-class star dreadnought went into wide production. Meanwhile Mon Calamari Star Cruisers are often longer than Imperial-class star destroyers.
  • Mind Screw: The ambiguously-canon Sandstorm has a ten-year-old Luke run away from home into a sandstorm, where he sees a tall dark figure and then meets a ten-year-old boy named Annie who is strikingly similar to him. Luke kills a krayt dragon, and when he's rescued from the storm there is no sign of it or Annie. It's pretty clear that Annie is a young Anakin Skywalker, but what is he? A hallucination? Some projection of the Force? It's weird.
  • Mind Rape: Darth Zannah uses this from time to time but arguably the most notable example is The Sith Emperor Vitiate, who is outrageously skilled at this. Most of the beings on his planet suffered this at some point and are under his control. He can do it to Jedi Masters and Sith Lords as well, as he was able to completely dominate the minds of Revan and Malak, two phenomenally talented Jedi. And he did it to them at the same time.
  • Mobile Factory: World Devastators from the Dark Empire series.
  • Mobile Fishbowl: Downplayed with the occasional note that other species find the humidity aboard ships crewed by Mon Calamari to be uncomfortable.
  • Modern Stasis: Or Future Stasis, possibly. The EU timeline(s) extend over 25,000 years... but the technology and culture has developed over that time so little it's mind-boggling. Possibly justified due to the galaxy going through a Dark Age about a thousand years before the movies. The prequel games clarify a lot: the galaxy goes through cycles of expansion, golden age, dark-side-fuelled war, collapse, dark age, reconstruction, The movies take place in the dark-side-fuelled war part of the fifth or sixth cycle. The Old Republic games and MMO take place during the end of one golden age and the start of a war period, so their tech seems more advanced. Each cycle rebuilds some of the previous and loses the rest, but also discovers new things. There were no planet-sized space stations in the old cycles, but droids are generally far simpler now, and hyperdrives vastly slower, etc.
  • Mugging the Monster: You'd think a lightsaber would be a good anti-mugging thing to dangle from your clothes. It isn't.
  • My Hair Came Out Green: In I, Jedi, Corran accidentally dyes his hair green while attempting to disguise himself as Kieran Halcyon.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Luke bears some of this, Depending on the Writer. It's explained as him spending decades traveling the galaxy learning esoteric techniques, including some that aren't Jedi techniques.
  • Nicknaming the Enemy: The Rebels derisively call Imperials "Bucketheads". Later, New Republic troops would refer to Yuuzhan Vong as "scarheads," which the Vong actually find less offensive than shortening their species name to just "Vong."
    • The Rogue Squadron novels add a ton of these in the form of pilot slang for enemy ships. TIE Fighters are "eyeballs", TIE Interceptors are "squints", troop transports are "crates", and Imperial and ''Imperial-II" class Star Destroyers are Impstars and Impstar Deuces. In the New Jedi Order books written by the Rogue Squadron authors, Yuuzhan Vong coralskippers become "skips" and their massive, rocky ground assault creature vehicles become "ranges" (as in "mountain range").
  • No One Could Survive That!: Recalling his rescue from Jabba, Han wonders if he's really seen the last of Fett. This was the (wrong) answer he received.
    • Calo Nord in Knights of the Old Republic lampshades this when he tells Malak, "I am hard to kill, Lord Malak."
  • Not This One, That One: A reversal of sorts in the backstory for the Millennium Falcon. Han Solo wins a ship from Lando Calrissian in a card game, and Lando tries to get him to take one of the fancy-looking, worthless, all-style-no-substance ships he owns. Han pretty much says, "Not this one, that one," and picks the YT-1300 "junker" Lando had been quietly modifying for himself on the side. Lando was so mad he actually spread rumors for awhile that Han had stolen the ship.
  • Off with His Head!: Marka Ragnos dueled Simus for the title of Dark Lord of the Sith. The battle ended with the latter's head being separated from his body. Darth Bane decapitated Sirak in their final duel. Shimrra Jamaane of the Yuuzhan Vong also lost his head in his battle against Luke Skywalker.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The Yuuzhan Vong.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Numerous examples, especially beings behind planet-destroying machinery. Bonus points to Sith Lords such as Darth Nihilus and Emperor Vitiate as they wiped planets clean of life with the Force almost instantly.
  • Planet of Copyhats: Nearly every minor alien character in the movies spawns an alien race with their characteristics in the EU.
  • Planet of Hats: Played straight, averted, subverted. There's a lot of species with a lot of stereotypes out there, so there's a lot to do with this trope.
  • Planet Spaceship: Zonama Sekot is hyperspace-capable.
  • The Power of Love: Jolee Bindo explains it to Revan. He believes love can save a person (see the Love Redeems entry for details backing his claim) but the passion in love is what should be monitored with great care.
  • Predecessor Villain: There's a whole smattering of villains who have never actually appeared in any work, only been mentioned, usually in reference texts. The earliest were the Sith King Adas and the Dark Jedi leader Xendor, whose traditions would eventually be united under Ajunta Pall, the first Dark Lord of the Sith. Pall's tradition would eventually give rise to Naga Sadow, but before him were Lords Tulak Hord and Marka Ragnos (Marka would get a chance to be a post-mortem Big Bad in one of the Dark Forces Saga games). Similarly, there's a whole line of Sith Lords that sprang out of Darth Bane's teachings which is really only notable so far for producing Palpatine and his apprentices but which also included Darths Zannah, Cognus (these two at least have supporting roles in the Darth Bane novels), Millennial, Vectivus, Guile, Gravid, Gean, Ramage, and Tenebrous.
  • Prequel in the Lost Age: There are many novels and games set in the time of the Old Republic, usually thousands of years before the Battle of Yavin.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy:
    • Wookiees, obviously, but also the Noghri, the Chiss and many others.
    • Canderous Ordo makes the Mandalorians seem like space Spartans. As do Boba and Jango Fett.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: A recurring theme of the OT-era EU is that there are a hell of a lot more Imperials that believe more in the Empire's Lawful side than its Evil side, fighting the Rebels/New Republic out of professionalism and patriotism rather than hatred and often displaying disdain or resentment for more monstrous compatriots and leaders. These often pull a Heel–Face Turn, but there are exceptions, chief among them Captain, later Admiral Gilad Pellaeon, Grand Admiral Thrawn's flag captain in The Thrawn Trilogy who is eventually made supreme commander after Daala takes one defeat too many in Darksaber, and remains staunchly loyal to the Empire to the end. This despite him being the first on the Imperial side to sue for peace with the Republic in Hand of Thrawn.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Luke's fond of these.
    • Han's a fan, too.
  • Red Shirt: If you're a Jedi in the Clone Wars who we've never seen before, chances are you'll be killed by either the droids or your own men.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Played with. While no one's likely to forget Alderaan anytime soon, a lot of folks are quite willing to agree that it was the Emperor, Vader, and most especially Tarkin who pulled the trigger on that one, and aren't holding the Empire as a whole responsible for it. But then we have Kyp Durron, who went Dark Side and literally blew up a sun. Whether or not he's a Karma Houdini very much depends on the writer. The Yuuzhan Vong also committed a very long list of atrocities on the galaxy in the New Jedi Order books, but get left to live in peace by the end of the series after a species-wide Heel–Face Turn, though it's strongly implied that a lot of groups aren't going to be quick to forget or forgive.
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: The Second Imperium from Young Jedi Knights as a result of a retcon due to the events of Hand of Thrawn.
  • Retcon: The current policy seems to be that there's no inconsistency so big that can't be patched up by some well-placed retcon. In particular, Hand of Thrawn was a massive Fix Fic to set right a bunch of stuff other EU creators flubbed up along the way.
  • Ridiculously Difficult Route: The Kessel Run, a hyperspace smuggling route between Kessel and Tatooine, skirts a black hole cluster near the Kessel System where it's easy for a less competent pilot than Han Solo to get killed. Most people don't go that way.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Many examples, e.g. the devastation of Honoghr is the Chernobyl disaster IN SPACE.
  • Sapient Ship: Various space ships that are operated by droid brains.
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens: In addition to dark side users, rogue Imperials, and the criminal underworld, one of the most common villain types. Most famously, the Yuuzhan Vong, but other examples include the Ssi-Ruuk, the Yevetha, the Vagaari, and in the backstory the Rakata, the Hutts (before their hat switched to organized crime) and the original Sith Empire (back when the Sith were still a species, rather than a religion). The Empire, of course, are Scary Dogmatic Humans, as alien characters in the post-ROTJ era will often be quick to point out.
  • Schrödinger's Canon: With the decision to shuffle the continuity into the Legends alternate universe, many elements established in Legends have the possibility to remain canon in the new "primary" universe. Examples that are still being pulled from Legends into Prime include Interdictor cruisers and the planet of Malachor.
  • Scoundrel Code:
    • Han Solo's mentor Roa has Roa's Rules: Never ignore a call from help, steal only from those richer than you, never play cards unless you're prepared to lose, don't pilot under the influence, and always be prepared to make a quick getaway.
    • Bounty Hunters in that universe also have an accepted code of conduct. No Bounty Is Worth Dying For; People Don't Have Bounties, Only Acquisitions Have Bounties (meaning that anyone you are being paid to shoot is just a target, not a sentient being); Capture By Design, Kill By Necessity; No Hunter Shall Slay Another Hunter; No Hunter Shall Refuse Aid to Another Hunter; No Hunter Shall Interfere With Another's Hunt (the rules of not sabotaging/killing other Hunters rule are not in play with the Great Hunt, where the goal is to compete with other hunters, however); and In the Hunt One Captures or Kills, Never Both (meaning you don't kill an unarmed target who has surrendered unless they try to escape).
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: If a Sith Lord has a tomb, do not mess with said tomb.
  • Sense Loss Sadness: What happens to Force-blinded Jedi or Sith.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The Boba Feet comic story Jawas of Doom, where Fett escapes the Sarlacc Pitt but has amnesia now, falling into the hands of Jawas who mistake him for a Droid. The Jawas' sandcrawler was then attacked by Han and Leia, in an attempt to rescue R2-D2, who the Jawas had also picked up somehow. After helping Han rescue R2, Fett suddenly remembered he hated Han Solo—just in time for the Sandcrawler to drive directly into the Sarlacc Pit! Fortunately for Fett, he would truly escape from the Sarlacc in a future story.
  • Shed Armor, Gain Speed: The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels says that Rebel engineers would frequently strip off hull plating and extra weight from the Y-Wing in order to give it extra speed for some types of operations.
  • Sidenote Full Story: For literally everything in the movies. Not only is a backstory provided for every character who appeared onscreen in the movies (and even some of the Faceless Goons), but you also get stories that explain exactly what a "nerf herder" is.
    • For an example: Remember that brief blink-and-you'll-miss-it glimpse of the Millenium Falcon in Revenge of the Sith? Well, there's an entire book out about why it's there.
  • Single-Biome Planet: Just as bad if not worse than in the movies: Kashyyyk is the jungle planet, Ithor is the forest planet, Dantooine is all grassy plains, etc.
    • This is partially justified/averted with Kashyyk. Partially averted in that we see that it has oceans, beaches - the areas around which are not so dense, i.e. the trees are only huge rather than ginormous, etc. It is partially justified in that KOTOR explains that Kashyyk plants were effectively fed steroids when the Rakata's agricultural farming went a bit... out of control.
    • Knights of the Old Republic makes it clear that Tatooine is a desert planet before the player even leaves the enclosed settlement.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: From all the way on one end to right down on the other end, depending on the media. The most recent ones strongly tend towards Cynicism. The final works end on happy note, though.
  • Sorcerer King: Several Supreme Chancellors of the Galactic Republic were also Jedi Knights. In fact, there was a 400 year period when the Republic was ruled by only Jedi chancellors. All of them were this trope, and the Republic lived another thousand years because of their leadership.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Deadness: Add "killed in Bantam: 1, killed in Del Rey: 4".
  • Special Effect Branding: Averted in at least one Expanded Universe story, in which Leia's lightsaber is red. Jaina Solo's is also red when she builds it in Young Jedi Knights (in a bit of Genius Bonus, this is because she uses a synthetic lightsaber crystal, the same as the Sith are said to in factbooks like the Visual Dictionaries). Corran Horn also manages to create a lightsaber that can do two different colours depending whether it's set to its regular length or an Awesome, but Impractical setting that turns it into a BFS.
  • Standard Starship Scuffle:
  • Star Killing: The Sun Crusher, Centerpoint Station (although Star Killing requires perverting the latter from its original purpose).
    • Naga Sadow as well. He could make a star turn into a supernova.
  • The Starscream: An intentional part of the Sith philosophy. The apprentice is supposed to kill the master to "graduate," then train a new apprentice to eventually kill him. In Darth Bane's novels, he becomes disappointed because Zannah isn't murdering him when she has the chance.
    • The "Revenge of the Sith" novelization implies that Palpatine comes to feel the same way about Vader; he had groomed and tutored Anakin for years because of his literally unmatched Force potential. After Vader's dismemberment, his ability is cut in half and it is obvious that after being rebuilt he will never be as strong in the Force as the Emperor. It is unknown whether Palpatine was searching for a true heir to continue the Rule of Two someday as the Sith established dominance or simply wanted a powerful lieutenant to serve him as he claimed ultimate victory. Palpatine being Palpatine, either outcome is conceivable.
    • Downplayed with the Bothans and their view towards politics. You want someone's job or position, you set yourself up to go and take it. If/when that person stumbles, you jump in to attack them and take their spot. In the past, it was literal attacks with knives, but the Bothans have "elevated" it to more of a character assassination. Not only are Bothan politicians always on the lookout for people they can knock down to take their spots, but they also assume everyone else is doing the same to them, leading them to be incredibly mistrustful of others.
  • State Sec: COMPNOR (Commission for the Preservation of the New Order) basically is the Empire's equivalent of the SS. It has an executive committee, its own military and intelligence wings that are separate from the regular army and navy chain of commands, a social engineering agency, and its own youth group.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Anakin, especially in the Episode III novel where he defeats Count Dooku, who finally goes all out against the young Jedi. In the Geonosis battle at 22 BBY, Dooku completely demolished Anakin in their fight, after toying with Obi-Wan. Fast forward 3 years later aboard the Invisible Hand. Anakin has not only learned a new fighting style but mastered it to a degree most Jedi would require decades to reach. While Anakin's Force sensitivity is greater than Yoda's and Anakin is often portrayed as being a quick learner in various EU stories, to go from being utterly defeated by Dooku to defeating him with a newly mastered style in just 3 years is a bit of a stretch, especially when Dooku has been shown to be the equal of Mace Windu in combat.
    • Expect Darth Sidious to be capable of just about anything when he is not reserving himself. He killed 3 Jedi Masters in front of Windu before Mace could do anything. One of those Jedi (Kit Fisto) has recently been shown as a match for, if not a superior to, General Grievous. And Sidious can create Force Storms capable of wiping out entire fleets of capital ships.
  • Super Speed: All over the place in the video games for Force users.
    • Post-movie comics also establish that Darth Sidious is very quick whether he is in a new clone body or even an advanced age as seen at the end of Return of the Jedi. By the time of Dark Empire Luke's mastery of the Force had surpassed Yoda's, and Luke had trouble keeping up with Sidious in their lightsaber duel.
  • Tabletop Games: Up to Eleven
    • The first was from West End Games, which expanded a lot of the technology and equipment seen in the movies and wound up being the basis for a lot of stuff in later EU novels (shortly after Timothy Zahn was contracted to write the first "real" EU novels, he was sent a collection of all West End Games Star Wars RPG books, with the suggestion to incorporate that material into the books. Whenever Zahn needed a new ship or piece of tech for the story, nine times out of ten it already existed in the RPG).
    • Around the time The Phantom Menace was released, West End Games lost the RPG license, which moved to Wizards of the Coast. They produced a Star Wars RPG suggested by their 3rd Edition Dungeons and Dragons game. Then they revised it into a slightly different system, called Revised Core Rules. Then they overhauled it completely into Star Wars Saga Edition, which was arguably a prototype for D&D 4th Edition. They also produced two tabletop miniatures games, one ground based and one space based, based on the D&D minatures game. Then they also lost the Star Wars license.
    • Fantasy Flight Games picked it up, and has released a new Star Wars RPG game as well as another space combat miniatures game.
  • Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors: All over the place, e.g. X-wings are the balanced fighter, A-wings are fast but have weak shielding and Y-wings are slow but powerful. The same applies to the different styles of lightsaber fighting that the Jedi and Sith use.
  • Technophobia: The Yuuzhan Vong are a race that utilize engineered organic creatures where other races would use mechanical devices or droids. They see any mechanical technology as an affront to their gods and seek to destroy it and those who use it wherever they are found.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Ships that can destroy stars, a gun that fires its ordinance through hyperspace, and a weapon that seems to be a combination of the former two.
  • Tidally Locked P Lanet: The Twi'lek homeworld Ryloth has the sunward side an uninhabitable desert and the night side freezing cold. The Twi'leks mostly live on the terminator and use exile to the sunward side as a form of capital punishment.
  • Translation Punctuation: Timothy Zahn likes this. Vision of the Future has an instance where the various fleets of alien warships over Bothawui are given fraudulent orders to {Attack!}, [Attack!], and <Attack!>
  • Truce Zone: the Selkath take massive advantage of this with their planet of Manaan, making the Republic and Sith obey their laws. When Manaan's product Kolto become borderline worthless when the far more efficient Bacta is made available galactic-wide, the Selkath try to join the Republic to save the planet's economy. The Republic shoots their request down and the Sith conquer Manaan and make the Selkath their slaves.
  • UnintelligiBall: Throughout the EU, Sabbacc has received some pretty detailed rules, making it difficult to follow scenes that focus on a sabbacc game.note 
  • Uniqueness Decay: Frequent, as different authors want their own versions of originally unique monsters/characters to play with. See the trope page for details.
  • Unreliable Canon: The EU is official canon (conflicts are decided case by case, but generally novels are ranked highest, comics next, then video games, then RPG sourcebooks). But yeah, Lucas doesn't care about it, causing no end of problems in retconning the EU to match up with G-canon (the movies and any materials directly connected, such as the novelizations, Visual Dictionaries, and Incredible Cross-Sections). The continuity problems are one reason Karen Traviss quit.
  • Superweapon of the Week: The early Legends novels set after Return of the Jedi went way overboard with stories involving the villains digging up or making a new superweapon in the vein of the Death Star, including the World Devastators, the Eclipse Class Star Destroyer, the Galaxy Gun, the Centerpoint Station, the Sun Crusher, and the Darksaber. By the time of the latter, the formula had clearly worn out it's welcome with critics and fans, which prompted the later novels to shake things up with new villains like the Yuuzhan Vong.
  • Villainous Legacy: There is an entire subgenre dealing with the immediate aftermath of Return of the Jedi - just because the Emperor is dead doesn't mean there's nobody who is interested in continuing the Empire.
  • Vow of Celibacy: EU works sometimes deal with Jedi rules about relationships in more detail. Different writers seem to have taken different approaches (some of them pre-Phantom Menace backstory decisions that ended up getting Jossed by the prequel trilogy, with associated retcons to make them fit), with the result that whatever rules the Jedi are said to have had, they must have changed over time or had lots of exceptions. Some characters seem to be married without repercussion, while others are told it isn't allowed. Specific examples:
    • Jedi Trial, set between Episodes II and III, has Master Nejaa Halcyon find out about Anakin's marriage to Padmé and keep the secret, as he himself secretly has a wife and a teenage son whom he's training as a Jedi. Other works indicate that the Corellian arm of the Jedi Order played by its own rules.
    • The Republic Commando Series has a cameo by Callista Ming from The Callista Trilogy, who is a member of a Jedi sect led by Master Djinn Altis that encourages romantic relations. The mainstream order considers them semi-heretical. Meanwhile Etain Tur-Mukan takes the Secret Relationship approach and has a son with Darman, one of the eponymous clone commandos.
    • The New Jedi Order founded by Luke Skywalker in the post-Return of the Jedi timeframe has no celibacy requirement at all, and some of their members, such as Corran Horn, were already married when they joined.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: References are made to the trash compactor scene from A New Hope on occasion, most notably in The Thrawn Trilogy.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Referenced by Han Solo during the Dark Nest Crisis. Instead of snakes, he says bugs.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: In multiple ways. Weaker beings who turn to the Dark Side are often consumed by it and lose their minds, resulting in a loss of sanity. Sometimes those who can control the Dark Side become so powerful that the arrogance overcomes their reason. Then there is the Force Insanity trick which allows a Force user to make others insane. Finally, the loss of certain power can lead to insanity, such as when Jorak Uln was booted from the top position of the Korriban Academy. Revan calls Jorak a madman when they converse.
    • Also, Joruus C'baoth from the Thrawn Trilogy, though he was arguably more of a case of With Great Insanity Comes Great Power. A clone grown too quickly, he suffered from clone madness, which gave him no qualms about using the Dark Side to do whatever he damn well pleased (up to and including Mind Rape so thorough people were known to die when his presence in their mind was removed.)
  • Vampiric Draining: Some force users can devour the lifeforce of their victims. The strongest Sith lords (e.g.Sidious, Nihilus) are even able to drain life from entire worlds.
  • Vibro Weapon: Besides lightsabers, there are some older melee weapons (like swords) that are still used that use vibro technology to make them more dangerous.
  • Zerg Rush: A viable tactic against Hapan Battledragon cruisers, because their design team skimped on the targeting systems. Sending a swarm of bombers to take out the engines, which are directly connected to its reactor, is a great way to take them out.
  • Zombie Apocalypse:
    • Present in Joe Schreiber's Death Troopers and its prequel, Red Harvest.
    • Also the nature of the threat posed by the Rakghouls.

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