"…we're inspired by the comics and the books…"
George Lucas[src]

C-canon elements from licensed Expanded Universe (EU) creators have appeared in the Star Wars films, mainly the prequel trilogy. Most of these are brief appearances, almost taking the form of Easter eggs, and are even hardly distinguishable. However, others are more substantial.

The prequel trilogy also has many references to names and elements introduced in the television series Star Wars Droids due to Ben Burtt's large involvement in both, not the least of which is the cameo by himself as Ebenn Q3 Baobab in The Phantom Menace.

The reverse process is also true: Many Expanded Universe works have given names and/or background information to nearly every element shown in the films. Additionally, the Visual Dictionary series, along with other official sources such as "What's The Story?," has also introduced many retcons, thus "creating" C-canon depictions in films—e.g. the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary identifies Count Dooku's tunic in Revenge of the Sith as being created on Vjun, a planet found heretofore strictly in the EU. The significance of these identifications, for the most part, is downplayed in this article.

After the reboot of 2014, EU material has been harvested for use in the new continuity, and films including Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens borrow Legends material.

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom MenaceEdit


Baobab at the celebrations following the Battle of Naboo

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the ClonesEdit


The painting by Jon Foster that secured Aayla's place in the Star Wars Saga


The apocryphal ending of Jedi Knight

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the SithEdit


A scene familiar to gamers appears for the first time in a film

Revenge of the Sith has several elements that first appeared in Legends sources, such as Labyrinth of Evil, that were written during the movie's production. However, since those sources have borrowed those elements directly from the finished post-production movie script (for example, General Grievous was written for the film but first appeared in Star Wars: Clone Wars), they are not included.


A battle during the Great Hyperspace War, depicted in a frieze kept in Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's chambers

Star Wars: Episode IV A New HopeEdit

Mos Eisley

The Outrider (upper left) taking off from Mos Eisley

  • Swoop bikes new for the film, were redesigned and added to the Shadows of the Empire. In the Special Edition scenes added to A New Hope, a swoop bike scares a ronto.
  • The Outrider (and with it, YT-2400 light freighters generally) were added to a scene in the Special Edition. It is seen from a distance lifting off from Mos Eisley.
  • ASP-series droid, had appeared in Shadows of the Empire.
  • Yet another addition to Shadows of the Empire is the appearance of the Sentinel-class landing craft seen in the new dewback scene as well as above Mos Eisley.
  • The tractor beam characters were changed from English to Aurebesh for the 2004 DVD Edition. Of note is the fact that the Aurebesh had appared in original releases of the original trilogy (i.e. the clearance code screen for Tydirium in Return of the Jedi) is made up of nonsense characters. West End Games created a 'translation" to English letters for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game based on what had appeared onscreen. When using these newly assigned equivalents, most of the original trilogy Aurebesh remains unintelligible; however, in the prequel trilogy and a few remastered original trilogy examples, it has an actual meaning.

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes BackEdit

  • Boba Fett, who first appeared in the Holiday Special in 1978, plays a major role as the individual who finds the Millennium Falcon. However, the Holiday Special was written by Lucas himself, and the character of Fett was designed for Empire, but revealed to the public through the Holiday Special, much like with Grievous some twenty-six years later.
  • Obi-Wan's dialogue to Luke on Dagobah references a scene in Splinter of the Mind's Eye. He tells Luke that if he goes after Vader alone, "I cannot interfere," a line that causes Yoda's eyes to widen and Luke to nearly rethink this plan. The only time in the Star Wars saga that Obi-Wan literally interfered (he only gave Luke advice in A New Hope) was when Vader confronted Luke at the end of Splinter of the Mind's Eye, during which Obi-Wan took over Luke's body to ensure the Dark Lord's defeat.
  • A similar title, The Empire Strikes, had been used for the December 1978 issue of the Marvel Star Wars series.

Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the JediEdit

  • The Theelin, in the person of Rystáll Sant in the Special Edition. The Theelin had first appeared in Dark Empire.
  • Boba Fett's rope weapon and jetpack had originally appeared in the Holiday Special.
  • A beard was added to Crix Madine's costume when it was realized that Kenner was designing the toy with a beard.

Star Wars: Episode VII The Force AwakensEdit

Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryEdit

Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last JediEdit

  • Luke tricks his nephew Kylo Ren by using a Force projection through the Force to allow the Resistance time to escape. This is similar to how he used projections of himself to confuse his nephew Jacen Solo/Darth Caedus into thinking he was attacking him instead of his sister Jaina.
  • Luke Skywalker dies and becomes one with the Force. In the Legends continuity, however, Luke's passing happened offscreen.

Solo: A Star Wars StoryEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Revenge of the Sith on-line DVD text commentary
  2. Databank title Wheel bike in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
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