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See Star Wars Legends for old EU.

  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The polarizing Alternate Continuity/Canon Discontinuity decision that Disney made had the perk of definitively de-canonizing several unpopular works, such as the infamous The Crystal Star, the notorious Star Wars Holiday Special (which was still considered canon at that time in spite of George Lucas's hatred of it), and the Jedi Prince books which had Emperor Palpatine's three-eyed son Triclops and his grandson Ken the Jedi Prince (though he was actually an experiment made by the Empire.)
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    • Other works which may be more popular but also prone to causing a Broken Base were also de-canonized, like the stories of Karen Traviss, accused of shilling the Mandalorians at the expense of the Jedi, the Darker and Edgier novels starting with New Jedi Order that killed Chewbacca, and The Force Unleashed games where the Player Character Galen Marek/Starkiller was polarizing (whether or not he's actually a good character is up for debate, but a lot of fans agree that the character was overpowered).
    • Despite their de-canonization of many works (majority of which are either too unpopular or convoluted), Disney has included the popular and well-known previously established Star Wars installments that George Lucas created or was directly involved in (i.e. the Original Trilogy, the Prequel Trilogy, and The Clone Wars) to be canon and part of their new EU.
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    • A few elements have already been left as established canon, such as the novel Tarkin keeping the title character's first name as Wilhuff and naming off several Imperial Senate members that were already given names, and the mobile game Star Wars: Commander establishing several ships, weapons, and vehicles from previous EU works as canon, thus giving them status as well.
    • In minor news, Word of God stated on Twitter that "jizz" music is no longer called as such in this EU, now being called Bith jazz.
    • There were several Human Alien species in Legends that had no clear cut differences from humans to the point of them otherwise being human in all but name, which was either criticized for being unimaginative at best or bearing unfortunate cultural connotations at worst (the details of which we won't go into much further). The Canon reboot has either avoided them or retconned most of them into human ethnic groups, such as Chalactans (Depa Billaba's race) now just being humans from Chalacta instead of an entirely different species (similar to Corellians being humans from Corellia). A related retcon came in the form of establishing that Tholothians are Rubber-Forehead Aliens with cranial scales and head-tendrils.note 
  • Broken Base:
    • After the Disney buyout, the entire EU was rendered non-canon (except the original six theatrical films and The Clone Wars) because the writers of the Sequel Trilogy wanted to have a flesh slate to work on. This caused major division between fans who objected to over three decades' worth of work being casually tossed out to create a consistent setting, and those who refused to acknowledge the EU before and are glad it's non-canon. The controversy was mitigated somewhat when certain aspects of the Legends continuity were re-incorporated into the Canon, such as Thrawn appearing in Rebels.
    • Some fans declared that they're Taking A Third Option: if it's not been changed in the Disney EU, they're still believing it's canon (for example, the Old Republic era involving Revan, until it's retconned, remains canon in the eyes of some fans). Later on, it was announced at the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 canon panel that the Old Republic era, including Knights Of The Old Republic and The Old Republic are not canon, but there is potential to revisit the era in canon.
    • The focus on the Original Trilogy era has some fans either interested in learning more about the reign of the Empire or craving for the Prequel Trilogy era.
  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: See here in the "Disney Continuity" entries.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • As of April 10th, 2017 (a few days before Celebration 2017), some fans noticed that the official Star Wars Twitter page had started following Rosario Dawson and Dwayne Johnson, with a popular rumor having gone around for a while that Dawson would play Ahsoka in a live-action role. Dawson and Dave Filoni started following each other on Twitter at the same time, too, and considering Filoni mostly just follows ice hockey teams and co-workers, it's rather suspect.
    • There are rumors going around of another animated series directed by Filoni either succeeding after or being released alongside Rebels. While anything from the Old Republic era as popularly demanded (specifically a canon adaptation of Knights of the Old Republic) are currently off limits so that Bioware still has time to end its Legends story in The Old Republic, the other guess is that it will fill in the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
    • Voice actor Stephen Stanton revealed in a podcast interview that his voice for AP-5 was being reused for another Lucasfilm animated series... huh?
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The romanji for Thrawn according to Google Translate is Sloan. Who else is a Grand Admiral in new canon?
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • As before, Thrawn's full name, Mitth'raw'nuruodo is either joked about how it has the word "raw" in it or the last part sounds like "Naruto".
  • Misblamed: Given J. J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek, don't be surprised if you see fans accusing J.J. of wiping out the Star Wars EU canon. Also, don't be surprised if you see people blaming George Lucas or Disney's decision, because... well, they're owners of the franchise. Admittedly, the policy does largely follow what was George's own position towards the former EU back when he was in charge, but that was always his position and never pretended otherwise. As for Disney, they did not make the choice to wipe the EU and they're smart enough to let Lucasfilm handle the reins, so Executive Meddling by Disney very rarely happens to the new Star Wars stories. The EU wipe was decided by Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Captain Phasma became The Scrappy in The Force Awakens for being hyped up by advertising to be the new Boba Fett, only for her to be an Advertised Extra and her most notable action in the film being a Dirty Coward that screws over Starkiller Base and gets thrown in the trash compartment as a result. And then Phasma shows she's a deliberately unlikable sociopath that's out for herself, willing to kill her parents, her brother, her clan, and the man who recruited her into the First Order in the first place to secure her own place among greatness, with that greatness being the First Order until further notice.
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