4 Star Wars Characters We Need To See More Of

4 03 2010

One of the great things about Star Wars is the Expanded Universe. Thanks to hundreds of creative writers, artists and storytellers, Star Wars has far outgrown the 6 movies we all know and (mostly) love. With computer games, comics, graphic novels, audio dramas, novels, children’s books, role playing games and more, Star Wars has thousands of unique and memorable characters. Some of these EU (Expanded Universe) characters have become hugely popular; namely, Mara Jade, Corran Horn, Grand Admiral Thrawn – even video game villains Darth Malak and Darth Revan have become fan favorites. But what about those characters that sort of drop off the face of the galaxy? What about those characters who still have stories to contribute to the Star Wars universe? Here are 4 Star Wars characters we need to see more of:

1. Vuffi Raa – Lando Calrissian won this non-violent, five-legged droid in a sabacc game, years before Star Wars: A New Hope. First introduced in L. Neil Smith’s Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, Vuffi Raa became Lando’s right-hand man for the remainder of The Lando Calrissian Adventures trilogy. With his unique design, mysterious past (he was part of a sentient-droid population from the Unknown Regions known as the Civilization of the Silentium), and his fierce friendship with one of the galaxy’s most beloved gamblers, Vuffi Raa is sorely missed in Star Wars lore. He later made appearances in A. C. Crispin’s Han Solo Trilogy and in the short story Lando Calrissian: Idiot’s Array, but Vuffi Raa is due for a comeback.

2. Triclops & Ken – Yes, technically this is two people, but, as father and son, they go hand-in-hand. Appearing exclusively in the Jedi Prince children’s series, Triclops’ and Ken’s canonicity was hotly debated; however, they have been established as canonical characters, although whether Triclops is truly Palpatine’s son is still unknown. At the end of the series, Triclops disappears into the mists of Dagobah, leaving his son to train as a Jedi with Luke Skywalker. But Ken never shows up again (some assume Ken and Kenth Hamner are the same person, but this hasn’t been made official). Wouldn’t it be great to have an adventure where Ken teams up with daddy dearest and takes on some evil threatening the galaxy? With connections to Palpatine, these characters still have a lot to contribute to the Star Wars saga.

3. Empatojayos Brand – The floating Jedi from Dark Empire II, Brand has a fascinating backstory: maimed by Darth Vader during the Jedi Purge, Brand was forced to live in a bubble of metal and life-support equipment, taken in by the mysterious Ganathans. There, he became their king, until, years later, he was once again thrust into the galactic struggle between the New Republic and the Resurrected Emperor. Star Wars has always enjoyed mining the past, and interesting Jedi characters like Brand make for perfect story material. With projects that include backstories on Nomi Sunrider, “The Dark Age of the Republic,” and Darth Bane, there is already a precedent for going back and fleshing out small-time characters. I think it’s time Empatojayos Brand’s story is told.

4. Duchess Satine Kryze – already a fan-favorite, Duchess of Mandalore, Satine Kryze was first introduced in Season 2 of the animated Clone Wars television series. Once it was revealed Satine and Obi-Wan Kenobi had a romantic past, Star Wars commentators and fanboys alike set the web abuzz with possible backstories and theories on their relationship. While I don’t think we’ve seen the last of her, Satine makes for a fascinating character, especially having such close ties with one of Star Wars‘ most beloved Jedi Masters. Do we want to see more of her and Obi-Wan’s past? Absolutely.

Star Wars has an infinite number of stories to tell. And, luckily, it doesn’t look like there’s an end in sight. With several more seasons planned for The Clone Wars, a live-action television show in the works and several years worth of novel and comic stories scheduled, Star Wars will be thrilling fans for years to come. Let’s hope my list of characters find themselves in brand new adventures sometime soon!

What do you think? Who are some of your favorite Star Wars characters you want to see more of? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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2 responses

6 06 2012

Dunno about the others, but for your #2 pick:
Check out this author at fanfiction.net (http://www.fanfiction.net/~sapadu) and your wish shall be granted. She does a lot with these guys.

7 06 2012

Awesome! Thanks for the link!

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