With the recent release of The Last Jedi, fans of the Star Wars movies have reached a point of true division. Much of this is due to the content within the EU and George Lucas’ vision for the Star Wars franchise.
However, Disney and the fans themselves have played a part in this split too. Most fans are upset over the drastic change in tone and structure featured in The Last Jedi even though the same ones complained about The Force Awakens being a copycat of A New Hope.
At the root of it all this divisiveness, is a lack of consistency. From Star Wars Rebels to Rogue One and The Force Awakens, Disney has been consistent regarding the tone set by Lucas and the original trilogy. This couldn’t last forever though.
Eventually, a shift would be necessary on some level. The biggest mistake Disney made was not making that shift a little smoother.
But now that the shift in tone has taken place, the door is wide open for additional characters and stories to be added into the Star Wars universe. This includes canon and EU.
There are many characters existing in both the EU and canon who could dominate on the big screen. However, so much about them is unknown to the general audience.
This is why we’ve got the 15 Mind-Blowing Things About Star Wars Characters That Aren't In The Movies.
15 Emperors Hand To Skywalker’s Wife
Most of the criticism surrounding The Last Jedi has to do with how Luke Skywalker was portrayed. Based solely on canon material, there are valid points which support his argument.
The individual most often forgotten in these debates is Mara Jade, former Hand to the Emperor and Skywalker’s wife.
Mara Jade was an amazing character, who truly was a mix of both light and dark sides of the force. She was strong, independent, supporting, and most importantly — was the Yang to Luke’s Yin. The two were a powerful force, balancing each other out.
Luke would face plenty of adversity in the EU following Return of the Jedi, and Mara Jade was right by his side through it all. An older Luke Skywalker simply isn’t the same without Mara Jade.
14 The Empires Secret Weapon
Disney did something right by bringing Thrawn out of the EU and into their new canon. Next to Grand Moff Tarkin, Thrawn represents the kind of leadership needed within the Imperial forces. He’s brilliant, educated, tactical, and a lover of art. He’s also a Chiss from the Unknown Regions.
Thrawn takes the saying “art of war,” to a whole new level.
Featured on Star Wars Rebels, an animated series on Disney XD, Thrawn also has his own canon novel. While the story surrounding his character has changed from the trilogy of books he was featured in within the EU, Thrawn is still the same.
He’s cold and calculating, willing to enter a battle simply to study his opponent. Thrawn likely knows more about the Ghost crew than the rest of the Rebel Alliance does.
13 13.Seeker Of Eternal Life
Darth Plagueis is considered canon, but only in a minor way. Briefly mentioned by Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith, the Sith Lord was brushed over like an old artifact. But without Darth Plagueis, it’s unlikely Palpatine would have achieved his goals as Emperor and Sith Master.
Known by the rest of the galaxy as Magister Hego Damask II of the InterGalactic Banking Clan, Plagueis is the one who put into motion the downfall of the Jedi Order.
However, more importantly, it was his research which led to the creation of the Clone Army.
Plagueis was obsessed with the study of eternal life, along with the utter domination of the Sith. Darth Sidious gained all his Sith knowledge from Darth Plagueis, either through his extensive library or by living example.
12 Better Than BB-8
BB-8 was a refreshing addition to the droid family, but he’s no Chopper. Featured in Star Wars Rebels, Chopper belongs to the Twi'lek rebel Hera Syndulla and is part of the Ghost team. Just like R2D2 and C3PO were part of the original trilogy team.
Chopper is a C1-series astromech droid, and just like R2D2, he’s got a mind and personality that is argumentative and mischievous. He’s also got the tools needed to get the job done. From an arc welder and electro-shock to computer probe and rocket boosters, Chopper’s ready for action.
While BB-8 is loyal and friendly, Chopper is slightly psychopathic. According to Zeb, his personality flaws are due to damaged logic circuits. He’s seen on Yavin 4 in Rogue One, but only briefly and in the background. Sadly though, he wasn’t included in the storyline.
11 A Clone Sith Apprentice
If Disney would consider doing a Darth Vader standalone film, including Starkiller would be icing on the cake. Subject 1138 (Starkiller) is formerly Galen Marek, the secret apprentice of Darth Vader and founder of the Alliance to Restore the Republic.
Created by Darth Vader, Starkiller refused to identify with Galen.
He wanted freewill to choose his own path, despite having Galen’s emotional attachments. He escaped from Vader’s clutches and even had a showdown with him in which he severely damages Vader with force lightning.
Vader wanted Starkiller on his side to overthrow the Emperor which is why he didn’t stop trying to clone Galen after Starkiller went rogue. This led to the Dark Apprentice. Void of any emotional attachments and fully given over to the Dark Side, the Dark Apprentice would step in to save Vader and terminate Starkiller.
10 Bounty Hunter Swagger
Star Wars needs a strong female bounty hunter featured in the movies, and the best one available — who’s already in Disney’s canon, is Chanath Cha. Featured as a prestigious bounty hunter during the reign of the Galactic Empire, she’s just as talented as Boba Fett.
Cha also had a romantic history with Lobot, which creates some interesting tension between her and Lando Calrissian.
Chanath uses repulsor boots as opposed to a jet pack, mostly because they work underwater too. Her skills as a fighter are top-notch, once defeating a lightsaber wielding Pavol with just a knife.
Cha is a get-the-point kind of bounty hunter who doesn’t believe in wins or losses, just successes and failures. Cha was even given the Scimitar (Darth Maul’s old ship) by Palpatine himself.
9 The Rule Of Two
With David Benioff and D.B. Weiss joining the Star Wars franchise after the final season of Game of Thrones, characters like Darth Bane might be getting screen time.
Bane was the creator of the Rule of Two, making him one of the most important Sith Lord’s in the EU and canon.
Darth Bane was the sole Sith survivor of the Jedi–Sith war, a thousand years before the Clone Wars.
He attributed infighting to be the cause of the Sith’s downfall during the war, enacting the infamous Rule of Two. Much of Darth Bane’s writings and research was owned by Darth Plagueis, which ended up being fulfilled by Darth Sidious.
His EU story can be found in the book trilogy written by Drew Karpyshyn. Bane also shows up in The Clone Wars series finale, with Mark Hamill as his voice.
8 Mandalorian Rebel
Speaking of standalone movies, Star Wars fans would love to see a Mandalorian live-action version with Sabine Wren as the lead. Artist and a natural born leader, Sabine is as tough as they come. Her artwork inspired the Rebel Alliance’s symbol, and she even got her hands on the infamous Dark Saber.
Sabine’s Mandalorian armor represents her rebellious spirit.
But as much as she enjoys creating, her true form of expression is delivered through blowing things up. Known on Star Wars Rebels as being the in-house demolitions expert, Sabine is not one to mess with.
As spoken by Bo-Katan Kryze (who unites the Mandalorian’s under the Dark Saber), “She reminds me of the best of who we were and could inspire us to become more than we have been of late.”
7 Playing For Both Sides
Known as the Prodigal Knight and Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Revan is an iconic character from Knights of the Old Republic. Believed to have been born in the Outer Rim, Revan was a pivotal character, as a Jedi and a Sith, in the Mandalorian Wars, Jedi Civil War, and Great Galactic War.
Every gamer knows Darth Revan and Knights of the Old Republic, which means Disney is sitting on a gold mine.
Thanks to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary and Rian Johnson, Revan is officially part of canon.
When Luke is inside his hut on Ahch-To, there’s a fragmented Sith lightsaber crystal in a box on display.
According to the Visual Dictionary, this powerful and ancient crystal belonged to Darth Revan.
6 Better Pilot Than Solo?
There are only a few characters within the Star Wars franchise who could challenge Han Solo for the title of best pilot in the galaxy. And most of them are either Jedi or Sith. Excluding Lando, Hera Syndulla is likely the only non-force user who could give Solo a run for his money.
Featured in Star Wars Rebels, along with a name announcement in The Force Awakens, Hera is a female Twi'lek rebel, and the owner of the infamous Ghost ship.
With Chopper at her side, she’s out-flown and defeated several Star Destroyer’s single handily, along with a host of Tie-Fighters. Her customized ship, the Ghost, can even be digitally made to represent any type of ship on radar.
Much like the Millennium Falcon, the Ghost is home to a band of rebels and misfits.
5 Darth Vader’s Sidekick
Darth Vader didn’t just employ bounty hunters, he also had a special sidekick. Introduced through the comics as a new anti-hero, Doctor Aphra has become a fan favorite overnight.
Her specialty is archeology and she is known as the rogue archeologist.
It’s her purpose to find old weapons and put them back into use. Add in that she has an attitude which could make Han Solo blush, and she’s the ideal character to be paired next to Darth Vader.
According to Kieron Gillen, the co-creator of the character with artist Salvador Larroca, Doctor Aphra was inspired by Indiana Jones.
“Imagine Indiana Jones, how he goes about problems in that ramshackle kind of [way], but with his ethics inverted,” stated Gillen in an interview with StarWars.com. “That was kind of the core of it, I think … She’s kind of fun to be around.”
4 Fallen Knight
Known as the first Star Wars universe character to wield a double-bladed lightsaber, Exar Kun was created by author Kevin J. Anderson.
He was used as the main antagonist within the 1994 Jedi Academy Trilogy. He also appears in 12 comic book issues comprising Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith and Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War.
In the words of Exar Kun, “I was the greatest Dark Lord of the Sith. I am Exar Kun.”
Kun was apprenticed to Jedi Master Vodo-Siosk Baas, but quickly became enticed by the Sith and the power of the Dark Side.
He would take out Supreme Chancellor Sidrona in full public view and then defeat his former Jedi Master Baas. In a much-forgotten tale, Kun as a spirit ghost, almost turned Luke Skywalker into a Sith.
3 Ladies In Charge
The Forces of Destiny series has been a nice addition within the Disney canon. But let’s be honest, the animated shorts are geared towards a much younger audience.
Star Wars movies today are missing out on a huge opportunity that has already been explored in the novels. Rae Sloane and Nora Wexley are two extremely intelligent and powerful women who served on opposite sides of the war following Return of the Jedi.
Both women ended up joining forces to stop Gallius Rax's plot to destroy Jakku.
Rae Sloane was a naval officer instrumental in the survival of the Empire following the Battle of Endor. She would become Grand Admiral and one of the founding members of the First Order.
Nora Wexley was a female rebel pilot who served during the Battle of Endor was often requested by Princess Leia for dangerous and highly important missions (sound like Poe Dameron?).
2 Behind-The-Scenes Parents
Perhaps Poe Dameron would be more relatable to fans if his parents had been included in the films. Kes Dameron a sergeant in the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. Shara Bey was a pilot and a lieutenant with the Alliance.
Bey led the defense when Naboo was targeted by the post- Empire during Operation: Cinder, flying with Princess Leia Organa Sosha Soruna. She also assisted Luke Skywalker in retrieving two fragments of a Great Tree from the Empire on Vetine (likely the same one shown in The Last Jedi).
Kes Dameron was a member of Pathfinders, a special forces strike team led by General Han Solo which destroyed the shield generator on Endor. Kes was also on the elite team which would get the data needed to uncover and stop Operation: Cinder.
1 Blades Of White
Of all the characters featured within this list, no one deserves to be on the big screen more than Ahsoka Tano. As can be seen in this image of her with Rosario Dawson's face.
Once a Padawan to Anakin Skywalker during The Clone Wars, she left the Jedi Order. This act helped her to survive Order 66, which drove her to becoming the first Gray Force User who neither served the Jedi or the Sith.
Ahsoka would later join forces with the Ghost Team and the Rebel Alliance on Star Wars Rebels.
Equipped with duel white blades, she would eventually battle Darth Vader in the best lightsaber duel ever. Vader is shown to have survived, but Ahsoka’s survival is left as an unknown.
According to Darth Vader, there was a prophesy which foretold that their battle would take place. Of all the standalone films being talked about, one featuring Ahsoka Tano has the potential to be the best of them all.
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