Star Wars has no shortage of wonderful and amazing characters populating its galaxy far, far away. Everyone has their favorite. Be it the roguishly charming Han Solo, the mysteriously helmeted Bobba Fett, the lovably oversized Chewie, or the man in black himself, Darth Vader. But you never really hear anyone say, “I wish Wedge Antilles was around more.” Which is a shame. While they might not have their names up on the marquee or the good fortune to own a jetpack, these bit role players are just as important as their more well-known, flashy counterparts.
Understandably, there is only so much room for the millions of beings that populate the Star Wars universe (for our part, we’ll be concentrating on those solely from the movies). But with just a few seconds of screen time and a quick glance of their faces, these B-listers make the most of their moments in ways a mop-haired, brat from Tatooine never could. Because without their sacrifice, loyalty, and conviction, there would be no movie, no franchise, no erotic C-3P0 tape dispenser. Which is why these folks are the true heroes of the galaxy.
Here are the 15 Most Underrated Star Wars Characters.
Poor Lo. Will you ever get the recognition you deserve? Like so many others in the franchise, Lando Calrissian’s personal man-servant turned sentient Bluetooth played a vital role in saving the galaxy, only to be immediately forgotten by everyone. Lobot’s contributions were so overlooked that in The Empire Strikes Back‘s credits, he was referred to merely as “Lando’s Aide.” Sure, George Lucas, you can go back and add in unnecessarily creepy Ewok blinking, but you can’t take the time to change some simple white text and give this mute cyborg the respect he deserves? It’s a miracle we even know his name at all. Thank goodness for action figures.
Originally intended to have dialogue, the filmmakers ultimately decided that Lobot should be mute on account of his cybernetic implants. If losing the ability to talk wasn’t enough, he also had a sizable chunk of his screen time lobotomized. In the Expanded Universe, Lobot was provided an amazing backstory where, amongst other awesome feats, he steals the Emperor’s space yacht and liberates an entire planet from the Empire’s rule. Alas, even that was stripped from him when Disney came along and threw it all down the trash compactor.
14. Max Rebo
The life of an artist is hard. Especially when you look like a Winnie the Pooh drug hallucination. So let’s give a shoutout to the blue pudgy elephant Max Rebo for entertaining the sludge of the galaxy by tickling the ivories day in and day out. Not to mention having to look at the truly ugly Sy Snootles every night.
This Ortolan is indeed a rare talent. How many young boys and girls were inspired to take up a career in music after hearing “Lapti Nek“? We can only assume millions. He and his Max Rebo Band will surely go down in history as the best of the best when it comes to jizz-wailing (i.e. “musicians who play a fast, contemporary, and upbeat style of music” according to the Star Wars Encyclopedia). Sadly, we can only presume the entire Max Rebo Band died a horrific death on Jabba’s desert barge following Luke’s entirely unnecessary destruction of it. That is unless you count the Expanded Universe, where Max survived and went on to own a successful chain of restaurants.