25 Surprising Things That Happened Outside Of The Star Wars Movies

The Star Wars universe is massive…and detailed. At this point, if you only know what happened in the movies, you’re not even getting half the picture. There are video games, tabletop games, novels, more novels, and a cartoon show that were all cannon before Disney took over. It spans thousands of years in either direction, and what we see in the movies is a small snapshot of the vast universe in which Star Wars takes place. There are stories, characters, and wars that haven’t even made it close to the silver screen. Here are 25 things that happened outside of the Star Wars Movies.

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The Kessel Run was a smuggling route used to move spice from the spice mines of the prison planet Kessel. The route skirted The Maw and needed several hyperspace jumps to complete with frequent extreme changes in velocity and direction. The record shortest distance the run was completed in, under 12 parsecs, was won by Han Solo using the Millennium Falcon. While this is referenced in the movies, it's never explained since it happened outside of the movies.

millennium falconSource : http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Kessel_Run
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Palpatine/Darth Sidious had clones made of himself, so in the event of his death he could use the Dark Side of the Force to hop between them, ensuring immortality. Most were destroyed by traitorous elements within his own order.

palpatineSource: http://starwars.wikia.com/
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Han Solo killed the last clone body of Emperor Palpatine by shooting it in the back during the Battle of Onderon.

Last_Clone_BodySource: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_of_Onderon_(Galactic_Civil_War)
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Han and Leia's first children (left out of the movies, at least so far), were identical twins named Jaina and Jacen. Kidnapping attempts against them were made so frequently in the novels there's a running gag about "The Solo twins getting kidnapped again" among the people who are fans of the novels. (Star Wars novels, btw, aren't part of Disney cannon.)

SoloTwins_EGttFSource: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Jaina_Solo_Fel
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The Darksaber was built for a Hutt crime lord and was literally a reconstruction of the Death Star super-weapon laser with a shell of a ship built around it. It was crushed between two asteroids while attempting to flee the second of two New Republic (the Alliance after Episode VI) strike teams sent to destroy it. Also, it was black and really cool looking.

DarkbladeSource: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Darksaber_(novel)


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