I know that Star Wars is generally kept PG, or at least PG-13 in some cases, but it got me to wondering. I'm pretty familiar with a significant chunk of the Legends continuity, yet I can't remember any depictions of the... darker impulses of society.

Are there any examples in Legends continuity of rape, incest, or violent (serial killer) crime?

The closest thing I could find to a serial killer was the tale of Jedi Vydel Dir'Nul. Even the Sith, who are generally depicted as the most evil killers in the universe, are never depicted as doing the really bad stuff - they just kill, or maybe torture in a PG fashion.

  • Odd how no one mentions the torture of Leia in ANH. – user1027 Jul 31 '15 at 2:41
  • Your list of 3 immediatley reminds one of "Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking". Enjoy TVTroping, all'ya'll – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jul 31 '15 at 16:02
  • @DVK - lol, if you mean the incest part, that was a direct nod to Luke & Leia kissing in ESB. – Omegacron Jul 31 '15 at 16:14
  • “maybe torture in a PG fashion” — just your regular, healthy, good old American-style torture. – Paul D. Waite Aug 3 '15 at 17:55
  • Blowing up Alderaan doesn't qualify as a darker impulse? – Oldcat Dec 16 '15 at 18:15

Within the main canon

No. Absolutely not. Although murder is depicted in considerable detail (and infanticide is strongly hinted at) there are no rapes, serial murders or incidents of incest. Ultimately this is a series of film and TV shows that are aimed at children younger adults and considerable effort has been expended in keeping it, to a large extent, family-friendly.

There are some off-camera hints about the keeping of sex-slaves (twiileks, especially) but minimial explicit info.

Within the EU

Rape - Yes, a reasonable number of references but no vivid depictions

Incest, not so much

Serial Murder

Loads and loads. Heck, Vader spent the intervening 20 years tracking down and killing dozens of remaining Jedi.

  • Seeing as Vader was operating under the orders of the Emperor, his systematic killing of the Jedi wasn't a case of violent serial killer crime. – Null Jul 30 '15 at 19:45
  • @Null - The Emperor arranges for a wide variety of murders as well as committing numerous murders of his own. – Valorum Jul 30 '15 at 20:23
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    Incest - think again: youtube.com/watch?v=EEV7pKkTylw – Chris B. Behrens Jul 30 '15 at 22:08
  • In Lords of the Sith, it's heavily implied that the Imperials would enslave and rape Twilek women. I believe the novel is part of the new main canon. – ncalmbeblpaicr0011 Aug 3 '15 at 17:17

I'm not aware of any example of incest or a serial killer (in the criminal sense) in Legends.

The Legacy of the Force series includes a reference to an instance in which Boba Fett's wife Sintas Vel was raped by Fett's superior officer, the Journeyman Protector Lenovar. Fett killed him for it.

A search for "rape" on Wookieepedia reveals some other references to rapes (and attempted rapes) in more obscure sources:

  • I assumed that rape was one of the unpleasant things that happened to Shmi Skywalker when she was abducted by Sand People. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Jul 30 '15 at 19:35
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    @WadCheber That's a distinct possibility. It's not explicitly stated that she was, though, so I can't really say it was "depicted". – Null Jul 30 '15 at 19:38
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    @WadCheber - There's no evidence of that whatsoever. The canon just says that she was made to feel pain. – Valorum Jul 30 '15 at 19:41
  • Interesting. I'm a big fan of The Fett, yet I never knew about that happening to Sintas. – Omegacron Jul 30 '15 at 19:48
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    @Omegacron You're a fan of Fett?! I had no idea! – Null Jul 30 '15 at 19:58

Palpatine killed his entire family if that's not one of the "Darker Impuses" I don't know what is and before you say anything yes I know Palpatine was a Sith but this happened before he even knew the Sith existed and and it was pretty much unprovoked really it was just a really extreme temper tantrum so I think it counts.

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