The dense catalog of characters and alien species in the Star Wars universe has long been one of its most compelling aspects, drawing in many fans for the sheer absurdity of it all. The franchise’s marketing, particularly in terms of toys and collectibles, has helped shape this side of the galaxy in more ways than one, promising fans that any character seen for more than two seconds on screen surely has a name and some semblance of a backstory.
As the Star Wars universe continues to expand, it might be a good idea to turn to these background characters — or at least some of the more overlooked secondary characters — to tell more original and exciting narratives set in the Star Wars galaxy.
10 The Max Rebo Band Could Expand the Musical Side of the Star Wars Galaxy
- First appearance: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
The colorful Max Rebo Band first debuted in Return of the Jedi, wowing patrons of Jabba’s Palace with their over-the-top musical talent and unique character designs. At a glance, the Ortolan namesake of the band and his bandmates Sy Snootles and Droopy McCool seem like a very odd choice for a standalone project.
But upon further investigation, a proposed Max Rebo series could dive into the intricacies of the Star Wars musical scene in a way the franchise has never been afforded. This would offer one of the most out-of-left-field and yet potentially creatively rewarding tones Star Wars has yet to experiment with. The characters are already compelling enough in appearance; it’s high time they get the backstories they deserve.
9 Sidon Ithano and Quiggold Could Introduce Audiences to the Sequel Trilogy Underworld
- First appearance: Star Wars: Episode VII -The Force Awakens (2015)
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Seen briefly in the background of Maz Kanata’s palace in The Force Awakens as they attempt to offer Finn a new job after abandoning the First Order, bounty-hunting duo Sidon Ithano and Quiggold already have something of a canonical backstory. Sidon Ithano, also known as the Crimson Corsair, has appeared in a few comics and Star Wars Resistance, proving himself to be a formidable foe.
His companion, Quiggold, has yet to show up in any supplementary material, but the implications of their character designs and the concept of a bounty-hunting duo of their variety is incredibly promising. At the very least, the two would make for exciting cameos or one-episode characters in shows like The Mandalorian or The Book of Boba Fett.
8 Admiral Ackbar Could Save Star Wars From a Repetitive Trap
- First appearance: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
For as small of a role as he had in Return of the Jedi, Admiral Gial Ackbar sure has made an imprint on the Star Wars fandom. Most known for his iconic uttering of ‘It’s a trap!,’ the Mon Calamari fleet general has an interesting canonical backstory that has yet to be fully explored. Ackbar’s name recognition — and the fact that many fans want him to get a fitting conclusion after his untimely death in The Last Jedi — is enough to get fans interested.
Beyond that, Gial’s journey from normal Mon Cala sea-dweller to a fleet general for the esteemed Rebel Alliance suggests a compelling narrative about clashing ideologies and cultures. Seeing Mon Cala and its inhabitants more fully in live-action would be a dream come true for fans of the character or of his people from TStar Wars: The Clone Wars, and as silly as it might sound, Ackbar could make for a truly epic protagonist.
7 Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba Could Further the Crime-Ridden Streets of Star Wars’ Planets
- First appearance: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Dr. Evazan and Ponda Baba were some of the first background characters to make such a significant impact on the Star Wars franchise. First appearing in 1977 in the legendary Mos Eisley Cantina, the two are known for their snarky pestering of Luke Skywalker — the same pestering that cost Ponda his arm at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Since then, the two made a cameo appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, proving that casual fans still have an appreciation for these goofy characters. Similarly to Sidon Ithano and Quiggold, the scoundrels seem to promise a fun dynamic and could be yet another pathway into the scummy underworld of the Star Wars franchise.
6 Galen and Lyra Erso’s Legacy Could Further the Impact of Rogue One
- First appearance: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Galen and Lyra Erso’s most significant impact on the galaxy wasn’t just in parenting legendary galactic figure and Rogue One protagonist Jyn Erso, but also in their heavy contributions to the construction of the Death Star. This backstory is heavily explored in the novel Star Wars Catalyst by James Luceno but is still yet to be adapted for the big screen.
The roaring success of series like Andor hints that the characters and worlds of Rogue One are still relevant to even casual fans, and bringing back the powerful performances of Mads Mikkelson and Valene Kane to tell the story of Catalyst and beyond would be an exceptional way to explore this major point in galactic history. The series could also include Orson Krennic and, in flash-forward sequences, even Jyn Erso herself.
5 Dexter Jettster’s Diner Escapades Could Woo Fans
- First appearance: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
From Vader Down to Skywalker Strikes, there’s no shortage of epic Star Wars stories that further explore the Original Trilogy era.
The lovable Dexter Jettster first appeared in Attack of the Clones, running his self-named diner on Coruscant, and since then, fans have clamored to know more about the charming Besalisk. While the young adult novel Padawan by Kiersten White highlighted the character’s introduction to long-time pal Obi-Wan Kenobi, little is still known about his shady and convoluted past.
Fans still make Dexter jokes to this day, begging for any tidbits about his history and future in the Star Wars galaxy. By capitalizing on this and further exploration of the culinary world of Star Wars, a Dexter Jettster series could be a unique look into a corner of the galaxy previously left untouched — all while marking the return of a fan-favorite background character.
4 Jar Jar Binks Could Carry His Own Series… and Beyond
- First appearance: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Jar Jar Binks began his journey in pop culture as an often talked about, often loathed side character. This discourse, however, faded with time, revealing him to simply be a blip in a long series of things for the fandom to complain about. Some fans even confessed to liking the bumbling Gungan, with him being a particular favorite amongst those who grew up with him.
Jar Jar’s name alone has become such an intrinsic part of the Star Wars brand that any inclusion of him in a piece of supplementary material would surely garner audience attention, and the character’s history after the events of the prequel trilogy remains mostly unexplored — barring one bittersweet chapter in the novel Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig. Exploring this on the small screen could be a wonderful way of continuing the character’s legacy more blatantly and giving Ahmed Best the chance to step into the role again after his triumphant return to the galaxy as Kelleran Beq in The Mandalorian.
3 Bossk, IG-88, 4-LOM, Zuckuss, and Dengar Deserve Further Exploration
- First appearance: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Star Wars franchise featured numerous key characters who unfortunately died off-screen without receiving a proper conclusion to their story.
Of the six bounty hunters introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, only Boba Fett has really been given proper canon material outside of this appearance. While Bossk and Dengar made small appearances in The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels and all six hunters were involved in several Marvel Comics plot lines, they have never been reunited in a live-action format.
The world of bounty hunting is so dense that it has near limitless potential for exploration, and tackling things through the lens of these iconic side characters would be an unorthodox and yet surprisingly sound way of going about doing so. Both casual and hardcore fans would be elated to see these legendary figures come to life in new ways.
2 The Knights of Ren Could Finally Be Given the Spotlight
- First appearance: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
There are many Star Wars characters and groups silently introduced in the franchise that then go on to never be thoroughly explored in any meaningful way, but one of the most painful examples of this phenomenon can be found in the sequel trilogy with the Knights of Ren. Many fans assumed they would play a heavy role in the trilogy after their introduction in The Force Awakens, but this never was the case, even in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, in which they were featured as nothing more than minions for Kylo to disperse.
By exploring these dark side acolytes in a time after Palpatine’s supposed demise, a Knights of Ren series could be a huge tonal shift for the franchise. Even those not passionate about this era of the timeline could be drawn to the dark side antics of these characters, and at long last, their mysterious nature could, to an extent, be put to rest.
1 L3-37 Could Continue the Fight for Droid Rights
- First appearance: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Phoebe-Waller Bridge’s droid rights activist and Lando Calrissian co-pilot L3-37 made her debut in Solo: A Star Wars Story but has since completely disappeared from canon. Not only is the character herself hilariously fun to watch, but her concept alone — of a droid fighting for the rights of droids everywhere — is a very original and compelling way of viewing some of the most prominent characters in the universe.
This is a character ripe with potential, and her escapades with a variety of droid types could be a wonderful time for Star Wars fans of all kinds. And while an L3-37 series is, disappointingly, a long shot, there is a pretty significant chance she could play a role in the upcoming Lando film alongside Donald Glover. Fans will hopefully accept more Phoebe-Waller Bridge as they should: with open arms.
Created by George Lucas, Star Wars began in 1977 with the then-eponymous film that would later be retitled Episode IV: A New Hope. The original Star Wars trilogy centered on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa, who helped lead the Rebel Alliance to victory over the tyrannous Galactic Empire. This Empire was overseen by Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine, who was aided by the cybernetic menace known as Darth Vader.In 1999, Lucas returned to Star Wars with a prequel trilogy that explored how Luke’s father Anakin Skywalker became a Jedi and eventually succumbed to the dark side of the Force.
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