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Is ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Canon?

Ahsoka Tano is ready to fight in Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Aside from the Star Wars movies, the most popular form of media that came with the Star Wars universe was the television show The Clone Wars, which took place between the Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith films. This show primarily focused on the relationships between Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, his former apprentice Anakin Skywalker, and his new Padawan, Ahsoka Tano. The events of the show closely mirrored the rising conflicts and tensions that finally peaked in Revenge of the Sith, causing Skywalker to eventually die and be reborn as Darth Vader. Tano has since gone on many journeys of her own outside of the show. However, there is one nagging question that remains for many fans: is The Clone Wars canon to the greater story?

The short answer is yes. George Lucas previously professed that he believed that the Star Wars movies and the television show The Clone Wars were the only canon pieces of media for the franchise. The ‘expanded universe,’ which was rebranded as Star Wars Legends, is not considered canon to the main story as of 2014. However, regardless of its placement in the universe or the material that it is adapted from, The Clone Wars is considered main storyline canon and always has been. The show has been considered as part of the “Television show canon” under the greater Star Wars canon umbrella, which is defined by five categories: George Lucas canon, television canon, secondary canon, detours canon (for the Star Wars Detours stories), and non-canon (what-if storylines).

The Clone Wars‘s television show and movie are both considered canon without a shadow of a doubt in the greater Star Wars universe. The legacy the show left behind in its storytelling is considered great enough to have its own category in the canon.

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