What Is Order 67 In Star Wars (& Has It Ever Been Used)?

The execution of Order 66 is one of the most tragic events in the entire Star Wars canon, though the subsequent Order 67 perfectly counteracts that darkness. In the final chapter of the Clone Wars era, Palpatine brought forth the culmination of his plots and schemes as Darth Sidious in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. After corrupting the Chosen One Anakin Skywalker into his new apprentice Darth Vader, Order 66 was Palpatine’s key weapon that turned the Republic into his very own Empire. However, things would have gone a lot differently had Order 67 gone into effect instead.

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In the Star Wars canon, it’s been confirmed that there was an entire list of contingency orders for the Republic’s clone army, though Order 66 identified all Jedi as traitors to the Republic to be executed on sight. Likewise, the majority of the clones had secret behavioral modification implants ensuring that the order to eradicate the Jedi Order would be forcibly followed. In contrast, the less-than-canonical Order 67 is far more lighthearted.

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Star Wars’ Order 67 Explained

Order 67 in Lego Star Wars

One of the best non-canon Star Wars gags, 2022’s LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game saw Palpatine accidentally executing Order 67, a contingency order apparently requiring all clones to begin a choreographed dance number. Just like the canonical Order 66, these dance numbers started happening all over the galaxy before Palpatine realized his error, hilariously checking an instruction manual to make sure Order 66 was the one he wanted. Fitting right in with the plethora of jokes and tongue-in-cheek humor throughout the LEGO Star Wars game, Order 67 is a wonderful example of the Star Wars franchise’s ability for humor and to effectively laugh at itself.

What makes these cutscenes from Star Wars LEGO even funnier is that Order 67 is seemingly a reference to another piece of non-canon Star Wars media. As seen in Adult Swim’s third Robot Chicken Star Wars special released in 2010, the parody show features Palpatine (Seth Macfarlane) reflecting on his life as he falls down the second Death Star’s very long reactor shaft. Pulling out a cell phone, the Emperor mistakenly executes Order 67 which similarly activates a choreographed dance number performed by Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor.

No, Order 67 Hasn’t Ever Been Used in Star Wars Canon

Ewoks Dancing in Star Wars' Order 67

Of course, Order 67 has never been featured in the actual Star Wars continuity. However, there were other canonical contingency orders beyond 66, such as Order 65. Effectively the reverse of 66, Order 65 would have identified Chancellor Palpatine as a traitor to the Republic to be removed from power, using lethal force if needed. This contingency order was likely the justification Mace Windu and his team of Jedi had when they failed to arrest and/or kill Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith. That said, Robot Chicken has a funny parody video about all the other contingency orders in Star Wars as well.

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