In 2014, when Lucasfilm announced that lore from the Star Wars Expanded Universe was no longer canon, fans reacted one of two ways: Either they accepted it and moved on, or they went into a Sith-like rage because they were just told that over 30 years of Star Wars history “doesn’t matter anymore.”
Alright, it might not have been that extreme, but nevertheless, those who passionately followed the countless novels, comics, video games, and other forms of media that made up the EU were understandably upset by this news. Imagine cooking dinner for your significant other, only for them to tell you they picked up a pizza on their way home from work. Sure, you can still eat one or the other (or even both if you want), but you’d be forgiven if you felt like you wasted your time, or that your significant other didn’t care about the effort you put into that meal.
Thankfully, in the case of Star Wars, material from the EU – now known as Legends – still serves as a well of inspiration for Lucasfilm. At any given point, characters, creatures, and concepts from the EU can have their canonical status restored by having them show up in the latest movie, mentioned in the latest comic, or even referenced in referenced in the latest Visual Dictionary – we’ve seen it happen before, and it’s sure to happen again.
That being said, here are 8 things from the Star Wars Expanded Universe that are now canon: