Hey everyone and welcome back to the Sarlacc Pit! This week, I wanted to have a little fun and show some of my own opinions on Star Wars canon. This week I am going to make a list of my top 10 favorite Star Wars characters that do not appear in any live-action movies (up to this point at least). For this post, I am going to try to stick to general character descriptions and try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but as always, read at your own risk.
#10: Pre Viszla
Appearance: “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”
Favorite Quote: “We need action, not pacifism.”
After Mandalore was defeated by the Jedi, the warrior planet began to turn toward pacifism. Those who refused to give up the warrior life were exiled to Concordia, a moon that orbited Mandalore. Pre Viszla was the governor of Concordia, and used his position to create a terrorist organization called Death Watch, whose goal was to return Mandalore to its previous way of living. Viszla allied himself for a time with Count Dooku, with the intention of betraying him once his army was completed. As I mentioned last week, Pre Viszla wielded the darksaber, a precursor to the lightsaber which was stolen from the Jedi Temple during the Mandalorian wars with the Jedi. Viszla was committed to the warrior ways of Mandalore and as such hated Duchess Satine Kryze and her pacifist ways. Determined to bring all of Mandalore back to its traditional lifestyle, Pre Viszla styled Death Watch as protectors of Mandalore, the only group capable of insuring that Mandalore made it through the Clone Wars intact.
#9: Hera Syndulla
Appearances: “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” Star Wars: Mercy Mission, Star Wars: A New Dawn, “Star Wars: Rebels,” and Marvel’s Star Wars: Kanan: The Last Padawan
Favorite Quote: “If all you do is fight for your own life, then your life is worth nothing.”
Daughter to the leader of the Free Ryloth movement, Hera spent most of her life fighting for freedom. An excellent pilot and mechanic, she was the pilot of the Ghost and one of the leaders of the Rebel cell located on Lothal. Although she insisted that she was different than her father, who dedicated his whole life to the freedom of his home world of Ryloth, Hera quickly became wrapped up in the early formation of the Rebel Alliance, where she was Phoenix Leader, in charge of various missions involved in leading the Rebel fleet. Hera was fiercely loyal to her crew, even acting as a stand-in mother to the younger members of the crew.
#8 Hondo Ohnaka
Appearances: “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels”
Favorite Quote: “This effort….is no longer….profitable!”
Hondo Ohnaka is one of the more interesting characters in the extended Star Wars universe. Purely interested in making money, this pirate captain has played both hero and villain as long as he can make a few credits. While he led a large group of pirates called the Ohnaka Gang in Florrum during the Clone Wars, which worked for and against just about any faction in existence, the Imperials eventually broke up his gang and reduced him to a lowly informant. However, even during the height of the Empire, Hondo was still willing to go toe-to-toe with a stormtrooper, if the price was right, of course.
#7: Sabine Wren
Appearances: “Star Wars: Rebels” and Marvel’s Kanan: The Last Padawan
Favorite Quote: “Forget the explosion, look at the color.”
Born on the Mandalorian planet of Conchord Dawn, Sabine comes from a long line of Mandalorian warriors. As a child she was enrolled in the Imperial Academy, however her rebellious (ha, get it?) attitude made her a poor fit for the Empire. Eventually she left the Academy to become a bounty hunter. Later, she ended up joining the crew of the Ghost. Sabine became the Lothal rebels’ weapons and explosives expert, where she often showed off her artistic flair through the use of explosive spray paints. Sabine is also responsible for the early design of the Rebel Alliance’s starbird logo, although the early design was that of a rising phoenix, seen on the left side of her breastplate.
Appearance: Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader
Favorite Quote: “Hahaha! You are on fire and also dead.”
What to say about 0-0-0? While he is a protocol droid, he is by no means designed for etiquette. 0-0-0 was designed by researchers in the Tarkin Initiative program as a torturing specialist. The only one of his kind (the program was destroyed by a blastomech droid), 0-0-0 was used by the Dr. Aphra to boot up the same blastomech droid that destroyed the Tarkin Initiative, BT-1. I often refer to 0-0-0 and BT-1 as the evil versions of C-3PO and R2-D2, however while C-3PO’s main protocol is to assist organics, 0-0-0’s is to torture and kill them. You know you’re in for trouble when 0-0-0 steps through the door, because he is one of the best at what he does.
#5: Duchess Satine Kryze
Appearance: “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”
Favorite Quote: “War is intolerable. We have been deceived into thinking that we must be a part of it. I say that once we committed to fighting, we already lost.”
As the duchess of Mandalore after their defeat at the hands of the Jedi, Satine was a fervent pacifist. Unlike conservative Mandalorian leaders, she viewed war as an injustice to life, and did her best to keep Mandalore out of the Clone Wars. Although she was a diplomat and a pacifist, she was not one to shy away from taking matters into her own hands if she believed something was wrong. Strong and noble, she was even able to capture the heart of Obi-Wan Kenobi, who at one point confessed that he would leave the Jedi Order if she only asked him.
#4: Asajj Ventress
Appearances: “Star Wars: Rebels” and Star Wars: Dark Disciple
Favorite Quote: “I am fear. I am the queen of a blood-soaked planet and an architect of genocide. I have helped to crack the galaxy in half with this war and conquered every enemy I have ever faced-including death!”
Born a Dathomirian Nightsister, Asajj was sold into slavery as a child. Eventually, she was found by a Jedi Knight named Ky Narec, who took her on as a Jedi padawan until he was killed. After Narec’s death, Ventress was taken on as an apprentice by Count Dooku, who trained her as a dark side assassin. Ventress fought against the Jedi throughout the Clone Wars until Count Dooku betrayed her, after which she became a bounty hunter, wanting to be as far from Jedi and Sith as she could get.
#3: Captain Rex
Appearances: “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” and “Star Wars: Rebels”
Favorite Quote: “In my book, experience outranks everything.”
Bonus Quote: “I hope you brought a better class of soldier than those stormtroopers.”
Rex was a clone (CT-7567) who was the captain of the 501st Legion during the Clone Wars. Rex fought alongside Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, as well as numerous other Jedi. Rex had a strong sense of duty, as well as fierce loyalty to his clone “brothers.” After the events that almost led to the early exposure of Order 66, Rex defected from the Clone Army along with two other clones, who all removed their inhibitor chips, allowing them to refuse to kill any Jedi. After he was found by the crew of the Ghost, Rex joined the burgeoning Rebel Alliance, serving as a military expert and assisting in the establishment of a permanent Rebel base.
*Note: A recent tweet from one of the producers of “Rebels” has stated that Dave Filoni, the showrunner for “Star Wars: Rebels,” may be attempting to link Rex to this background character (called Nik Sant in Legends canon) from “Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi”:
Looking at Rex from “Rebels,” it is possible that he may eventually be retconned into surviving until the Battle of Endor, but until we have definitive proof, we will consider the two characters separate.
#2: Caleb Dume/Kanan Jarrus
Appearances: Star Wars: A New Dawn, “Star Wars: Rebels,” and Marvel’s Star Wars: Kanan: The Last Padawan
Favorite Quote: “Kid, I’m about to let everyone in on the secret.”
Caleb Dume was a Jedi padawan to Master Depa Billaba during the Clone Wars. When Order 66 was issued, his master sacrificed her life to allow Caleb to escape. With nowhere to run and the whole Empire hunting down Jedi, Caleb decided to pack away his lightsaber and changed his name to Kanan Jarrus. Kanan bounced around the galaxy, picking up odd jobs and never staying in one place too long, until he met Hera Syndulla. Hera convinced him to help her rebel against the Empire, and the two of them began to form a rebel crew living on the Ghost. Kanan generally kept being a Jedi a secret, until he was forced to use his lightsaber in the open to defend his crew. After meeting Ezra, who was Force-sensitive, Kanan decided to return to the ways of the Jedi, training Ezra as his own padawan.
#1: Ahsoka Tano
Appearances: “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels”
Favorite Quote: “You taught me well. I can handle anything.”
Assigned as Anakin Skywalker’s padawan during the Clone Wars, Ahsoka was a skilled warrior, and learned from one of the most unconventional Jedi in history. While she was dedicated to the Jedi Order and the Republic, she began to take note as the Clone Wars dragged on and brought the Jedi far from their ideals. Eventually, she left the Jedi Order, which helped her escape Order 66. During the early years of the Empire, she was instrumental in forming the Rebel Alliance, using the codename Fulcrum to bring numerous members, such as the crew of the Ghost and Captain Wedge Antilles, to the cause. Ahsoka was often unpredictable in battle, and was extremely loyal to those close to her. After leaving the Jedi Order, she continued to train herself in lightsaber combat and Force skills, becoming an even more competent fighter as she grew older.
There you have it, my top 10 list of characters not seen in live-action movies. While the movies are excellent and do a great job of creating this massive universe, the expanded canon is rich with characters not seen anywhere else. Some of these characters would easily make my top 10 list of all Star Wars characters, but that will be saved for a later date. This list also just barely scratches the surface. Non-movie characters abound in this universe, such as Ezra Bridger, Savage Opress, Hazram Namir, Quinlan Voss, Dr. Cylo, the list goes on. I cannot recommend expanded Star Wars canon highly enough and I hope I have piqued your interest. Next week, I will continue to pay homage to my top pick on this list by dedicating a whole post to Ahsoka Tano, from padawan to rebel. Once again, thanks for reading and as always, may the Force be with you.