List of Legends elements in the films

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George Lucas[src]

C-canon elements from licensed Expanded Universe creators have been known to appear in the Star Wars films, mainly the prequel trilogy. Most of these are brief, cameo 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 Disney reboot of 2014, EU material has been harvested for use in the new continuity, and films including Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, borrows "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

Dooku Obi-wan choke

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

Revenge of the Sith has several elements that have first appeared in EU sources, such as Labyrinth of Evil, that have been 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 the Star Wars: Clone Wars), they will not be 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 in general) were added to a scene in the Special Edition. The ship is seen from a distance lifting off from Mos Eisley.
  • ASP-series droid, new to the film, also 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 the English alphabet to the Aurebesh for the 2004 DVD Edition. Of note is the fact that the Aurebesh appearing in original releases of the original trilogy (i.e. the clearance code screen for Tydirium in Return of the Jedi) is made up of nonsensical characters. West End Games created an original signification with English letters for Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game based on those characters. When using these newly assigned alphabetic values, most of the original trilogy Aurebesh remains unintelligible; however, in the prequel trilogy and a few remastered original trilogy examples, it actually does translate.

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 takes Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt. Note however that Holiday Special is an exceptional case since it was written by Lucas himself, and the character of Fett was designed for Empire, but revealed to the public through the Holiday Special—in much the same way Grievous made his first appearance some twenty-six years later.
  • The title The Empire Strikes Back was also been used in the December 1978 issue Star Wars 18: The Empire Strikes.

Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the JediEdit

  • Theelin species, by the appearance of Rystáll Sant in the Special Edition. The species first appeared in Dark Empire.
  • Boba Fett's rope weapon and jetpack 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

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 on

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