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Ranked: The Weird, Strange & Beloved Outer Rim Characters Of The ‘Star Wars’ Universe

Ranked: The Weird, Strange & Beloved Outer Rim Characters Of The 'Star Wars' Universe

The force feels especially strong this week, as the brand new chapter of the ‘Star Wars‘ saga has at long last seen its world premiere in L.A. last night. The general consensus is that it’s the ‘Star Wars’ film fans have been waiting for the past decade, while this particular endorsement says it all. The J.J. Abrams-directed ‘The Force Awakens’ is of course the first in the new phase of planned films and spin-offs aiming to continue the expansion of George Lucas’ monolithic space opera, a.k.a. the most detailed mythology in cinema history. This Friday, the film begins to open wide on its way to box-office domination. We’ll get a new opening crawl, we’ll get to see Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill reprise three eternally iconic roles, and we’ll get to see just how far and wide Darth Vader’s shadow has reached. We’ll also (hopefully) get to see a bunch of weirdos, creatures and underdogs, the odds and sods fringe characters woven into the galaxy-building fabric and who, for better or for worse (sometimes, much worse), make an indelible impression.

Ranked in reverse order, from worst to best, these 35 carefully selected minor characters —some with only a single line, others with no lines at all— make an appearance in one or more of the six George Lucas supervised films —the original trio from 1977 through 1983 and the three prequels from 1999 through 2005. The article takes for granted that anyone over the age of six has seen all six films, and also that everyone agrees that original Episodes IV, V, and VI far outweigh the weak prequel Episodes I, II, and III. As such, you’ll probably notice that most of the 35 characters have been taken from the original trilogy in a conscious effort to honor the purity of the originals. Though it also feels natural, as a lot of the characters from the prequels are downright forgettable.

A total of 21 major characters were not eligible for this list, from Darth Vader through Count Dooku to the main Ewok Wickett, so keep that in mind when you prepare to complain about who is missing. There won’t be any of those “who’s the best? Vader or Solo?” dilemmas here. As we welcome back Han, Leia, and all the other familiar faces, here’s hoping Abrams gives us a new generation of minor characters to go along with the new generation of Alliance fighters and Sith lords led by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.

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In a galaxy far, far away, there lived a bunch of oddballs. Here are the 35 most memorable oddballs… 


35. Nute Gunray and Rune Haako
As Seen In: ‘Episode I: The Phantom Menace,‘ ‘Episode II: Attack of the Clones,’ ‘Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Who Are They? Two Neimoidian viceroys at the heart of those enthralling trade wars that dictated the course of events in the first prequel. It hurts, but we know you remember. As two mentally challenged peas in a pod, their collective enlightened moment came with Haako’s only line in Episode I: “We should not have made this bargain.” You think? But in spite of what Nute’s Wookiepedia profile pic would have you believe, they’re total softies.
Defining Characteristics: High-level incompetence and zero intuition. Their iffy character designs and godawful English accents are also a great inidcation for everything that’s so cartoonishly off about the prequels.


34. Jek Porkins
As Seen In: ‘Episode IV: A New Hope
Who Is He? Only the greatest X-Wing pilot ever! No, wait, he’s probably the worst X-wing pilot ever, but anyone who has the heart to fight on the good side of the Force during the climactic Battle of Yavin should still get some credit. Porkins’ 5 seconds of fame is defined by an exchange with Biggs Darklighter, during which his craft malfunctions and he refuses to eject, promptly dying mid-sentence (“No, I’m allri-” BOOM.) He’s become something of a hero thanks to the films becoming a religion, so of course there’s a fan-made short film which turns Porkins into a hero who destroys the Death Star all by himself.
Defining Characteristic: A stubbornness to face reality, no matter how grim.

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33. Garindan aka “Long-Snoot”
As Seen In: ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’
Who Is He? Officially known as Garindan (though I prefer his nickname “Long-Snoot”), he’s the Kubaz that ratted out Han, Luke, and the rest of them to the Stormtroopers right before they were about to board the Millennium Falcon for the first time. Though it’s never explicitly mentioned, chances are huge that he’s also the one who told the ‘troopers where to find Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru’s house. Physically, he looks like Gonzo from The Muppets became a Sith Lord, and fun little fact: Sadie Eden portrays him, but John Wayne of all people provides the voice! Heavily processed, you could never tell in a million years, but still!
Defining Characteristic
: If he was spying on any of the bad guys, I’d have something nicer to say, but no, he’s a jerk. Great Halloween costume, tho.

32. Watto
As Seen In:
Episode I: The Phantom Menace,’ ‘Episode II: Attack of the Clones’
Who Is He?
The one of too many vexing aliens from the prequels, and first official guardian of a young and annoying Anakin Skywalker and his poor mom, Shmi. A Toydarian by birth, Watto is recognizable for the way he flutters around with his wings and talks in a terribly pronounced accent. He loses Anakin by not being able to resist Qui-Gon Jin’s bet (oh yeah, Watto isn’t just a human trafficker and junk trader, but a degenerate gambler as well) and then goes on to sell Shmi over to Cliegg Lars in ‘Episode II.’ Probably the only two decent things he’s ever done in his life.
Defining Characteristics:
Remarkably immune to Jedi mind tricks, but not money.

31. Max Rebo
As Seen In:
Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi
Who Is He?
The first of a number from Jabba the Hut’s posse of scalawags on this list, Max Rebo is the bouncy blue elephant (a.k.a Ortolan) who leads the notorious Max Rebo Band. You know, the spunky jizz-wailers (more on this genre a little later) that provide the night’s musical entertainment as Jabba toys with Oola, Leia, Han, and eats his revolting dinners. Max Rebo, a keyboardist by trade, almost gets upstaged by his lead singer – gangly-legged Sy Snootles – but his bright blue appearance and overall enthusiasm bring him over the edge as the brightest member of the band. It’s the Max Rebo Band for a reason dammit!
Defining Characteristics: The way he moves his fingers to the beat when he’s really into it.


30. Chancellor Finis Valorum
As Seen In: ‘Episode I: The Phantom Menace’
Who Is He? He’s the last Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Order, before Amidala ousts him out of office through a vote of No Confidence, paving the way for Palpatine to get elected and start spreading his poison from up on high. During that pivotal scene, which is really his most memorable moment in the film and the main purpose of his ‘Star Wars’ existence, Terence Stamp’s expression is a priceless combination of sadness and boredom.
Defining Characteristic: In theory? Being a good-natured pawn of the system. In reality? Being portrayed by Terence Stamp.

29. Ki-Adi-Mundi
As Seen In: ‘Episode I: The Phantom Menace,’ ‘Episode II: Attack of the Clones,’ ‘Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’
Who Is He?
A member of the Jedi council who isn’t called Yoda or Mace Windu, and who bears an uncanny resemblance to Dan Aykroyd as seen in “Coneheads.” Ki-Adi-Mundi is the premiere face of the multi-cultural council, clearly respected by everyone except Palpatine (who finally gets him killed by his own men through Order 66) and who was a Jedi Padawan to the one and only Yoda. We get to see him kick ass against the clones in ‘Episode II,’ but most of what he says in all three prequels is forgettable (no ofence to actor Silas Carson who does a fine job with what he’s got).
Defining Characteristics:
Ki-Adi-Mundi is all about his Cerean Traffic-cone look, one of the most memorable designs from the prequels.


28. Logray
As Seen In: ‘Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi’
Who Is He? Of all the Ewoks, Logray stands out for a number of reasons, but mostly because of the way he dresses. He’s a shaman (the fact that Ewok’s have their own spiritual medicine man is more than enough reason to give him a shout-out) who wears a headdress made from a bird’s skull, and as if that wasn’t enough, his unique white-striped fur makes him look like he’s got war paint on his face. He manages to be both threatening and adorable – more than you can say for most of the other Ewoks. That’s right, Wickett, I’m looking at you too.
Defining Characteristic: A cynical badass whose good side is almost impossible to get on.

27. Admiral Motti
As Seen In: ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’
Who Is He: Motti (portrayed by the late Richard Leparmentier) is the first in line of a number of Admirals employed by the Dark Side who are clearly impervious to Darth Vader’s whole getup. During a meeting, this snotty and arrogant Admiral gets a bit drunk on the Death Star’s technology and dares to speak down to Darth friggin’ Vader. Thanks to his foolishness (or is it courage?), we enjoy the first of Vader’s classic Force-chokes and one of James Earl Jonesgreatest line deliveries.
Defining Characteristic: A disturbing lack of faith.


26. Major Bren Derlin
As Seen In: ‘Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Who Is He? Just your average Alliance officer, chosen as the representative of all the faceless, nameless souls who are in the far background. Bren Derlin’s only line in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ is telling Leia that there’s nothing they can do anymore for the night, “the shield doors must be closed.” He also gets amped like no else out there after she delivers a speech. The character has become something of a silent legend among auxiliary “Star Wars” characters, because he’s portrayed by a young John Ratzenberg, who’d later go on to become a household name in TV show “Cheers.” This 1-minute video contains all his scenes in “Star Wars.”
Defining Characteristic: Has to be that Ratzenberg ‘stache.


25. Oola
As Seen In: ‘Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi’
Who Is She? The Twi’lek dancer we meet as Jabba The Hut’s slave-girl when we first see him in his digs. Though only in a few brief scenes in the theatrical version of ‘The Return of the Jedi,’ there is something about Femi Taylor’s performance — supported by really memorable costume and make-up — that just sticks in your head, as she effectively personifies everything that is grotesque, indecent, and vile about Jabba. Forced to dance before being pulled towards doing something far grosser, Oola defies her master and becomes a quick snack for The Rancor.
Defining Characteristic: Taylor manages to express an impressive range of sadness, the kind you might associate with caged birds.

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24. Chief Jawa
As Seen In: ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’
What Are They? Averaging a meter in height, and weighing a meager 30 kilos (the level of detail in the Wookiepedia never ceases to amaze), Jawas are the pesky little hooded critters who make selling droids and scavenging Tatooine’s sand dunes into a career. They sound like Oompa Loompa’s on speed speaking in tongues (in truth, the most adorable sound in a galaxy far, far away), and play an integral part in the grand schemes of things by selling R2-D2 and C-3PO to Uncle Owen and his nephew.
Defining Characteristic: the fact that there is nothing singular that defines them. It’s the whole package: the eyes, the sound effects, the garbs, and the ‘tude.


23. Zam Wesell
As Seen In: ‘Episode II: The Attack of the Clones’
Who Is She? The he that was actually a she; a hired assassin dispatched by Jango Fett, who fails in her attempts to kill Senator Amidala, and is pursued by Obi Wan and Anakin in that pretty breathtaking opening chase sequence of ‘Episode II.’ Portrayed by Leeanna Walsman, Zam appears only briefly, but the way she owns the role for those seconds makes Hayden Christensen look like an even bigger plank, plus the little jab at Obi Wan automatically thinking she must be a he is pretty great. The fact that she is actually a shapeshifting Clawdite bounty hunter makes her even more compelling. In fact, judging by her extensive history outside ‘Episode II,’ I’d reckon a spin-off starring Zam Wessel and Jango Fett would be more engaging than the whole of ‘Episode II.’
Defining Characteristic: Turned out to be shapeshifting in the film’s only unpredictable plot twist, but I like to think her cool, calm, and confident demeanor defines her more accurately.

22. Lorth Needa
As Seen In: ‘Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’
Who Is He? Another poor sap working for Darth Vader and somehow failing to get the memo about his boss’ biggest pet peeves. After another Admiral fails with the snowy Battle of Hoth (more about him in a few entries…), Needa is assigned the mission of capturing The Millennium Falcon. Through a combination of terrible foresight and underestimation of Han Solo’s piloting skills, The Millennium Falcon escapes right in front of Needa’s eyes. “I shall assume full responsibility for losing them, and apologize to Lord Vader,” he said.
Defining Characteristic: A lesser Admiral would’ve probably blamed someone else, so he’s a sport for that at least. Quite inept, though.

21. R5-D4
As Seen In: ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’
What Is It? A droid the Jawas attempt to sell Luke and Uncle Owen on Tatooine, right around the time Luke meets the central droids of the story, C-3PO and R2-D2. Now, R5-D4 is one of those take-a-quick-pee-break-and-you’ll-miss-him characters, but the fact remains: he plays a pivotal role. Not only does he expose the Jawas for the two-bit shysters that they are, but Uncle Owen chooses him over R2-D2 at a time when the latter had a vital message of hope to deliver to anyone who knows Ben Kenobi. He might be as useless as a trashcan on wheels, but had R5 not malfunctioned when he did, who’s to say the Empire wouldn’t have won?  
Defining Characteristic: A bad motivator that causes him to conveniently malfunction, thereby playing an important part in the destinies of our “Star Wars” heroes.

20. Shmi Skywalker
As Seen In: ‘Episode I: The Phantom Menace,’ ‘Episode II: The Attack of the Clones’
Who Is She? The equivalent of St. Mary the Virgin for the most religious of ‘Star Wars’ fans, Shmi is, of course, Anakin’s poor mother. Along with her son, she is Watto’s slave in the first prequel and somehow endures Qui-Gon’s stubborn “I’m not here to free slaves” position like a champ. And like any good mother, she sacrifices her self and her own freedom in order for Anakin to go out there and be the Jedi he was meant to be (yeah, about that..), giving him some motherly advice: “you cannot stop change any more than you can stop the sun from setting.” Something he clearly forgot when he had to see her suffer and die in ‘Episode II.’
Defining Characteristic: To die, as horrible as that sounds. Her death, and the whole spiritual vibe of it, planted the first major dark seed in Anakin’s warped head.

19. General Grievous
As Seen In: ‘Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith’
What Is He? A cyborg Supreme Commander, and the biggest threat to the good guys in the first third of ‘Episode III.’ He’s behind the “kidnapping” of Palpatine in the beginning and faces Obi-Wan on more than one occasion, until his ass gets shut down. It’s a testament to the design and performance of the character that I seriously considered him to be a major character before watching ‘Revenge of the Sith’ again and remembering just how small his part is. Coughing like he’s got TB, wearing a cloak (because, why not?) and famously wielding four lightsabers, General Grievous is pretty unforgettable, though sorely underused.
Defining Characteristic: Complete cowardice beneath a frightfully intimidating mechanical surface.

18. Admiral Ozzel
As Seen In: ‘Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’
Who Is He? The last of Vader’s choked victims on this list, and he narrowly squeezes into the top 20 because his end highlights the awesomeness of Vader’s greatest weapon in the most original of ways. Having failed with the Battle of Hoth at the beginning of ‘Episode V,’ there’s really no excuse for Ozzel (portrayed by a debonair Michael Sheared) to be so surprised when Vader tunes in via viewscreen for an update. Of course, that’s why Ozzel thinks Vader tuned in. As he’s reporting how the fleet moved beyond lightspeed, Vader starts to force-choke Ozzel through the screen, simultaneously promoting Admiral Piett while the man dies in the background before Vader even finishes his sentence. Hands down, one of the greatest deaths in the saga.
Defining Characteristic: Insolence. One could argue he shares this trait with everyone who felt the end of Vader’s invisible grip, but Ozzel is especially insolent for getting more than one chance with Vader and still failing.

17. Head Tusken Raider
As Seen In: ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’
What Is He? A native of Tatooine, the place where Luke grew up with Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. The head Tusken Raider leads a group of these bandit types (slang term: Sand People), who dress to blend in and don’t take kindly to strangers. They are, according to Uncle Owen, “vicious, mindless monsters” and scare the hell out of R2-D2. Though, when the Head Tusken jumps in front of Luke’s binoculars wielding his stick in the air like a crazy person, there’s no doubt he scared every kid watching ‘A New Hope’ for the first time too. Probably the adults as well. Oh, and they’re so anti-technology; they ride bison-like creatures called banthas instead of pods.
Defining Characteristics:
The donkey-like sounds they call a language. Fun fact: the Tusken language was literally fashioned from donkey brays.

16. Bib Fortuna
As Seen In: ‘Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi’
Who Is He? Jabba The Hut’s right hand man, and the first of his goons we really get to meet face-to-frightening-face. The pasty white skin, freakishly blood-shot eyes, creepy dialect, and visually-arresting head structure (there’s no other “Star Wars” character whose X-Ray I’d love to see more) makes Bib Fortuna one of the most recognizable aliens in the galaxy. Same species as Oola, by the way, so here’s hoping the Twi’lek male-to-female ratio is slanted heavily towards the latter.
Defining Characteristic: Easily susceptible to Jedi mind tricks. He’s also called Bib Fortuna, and that counts for a lot.

15. Lobot
As Seen In: ‘Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’
Who Is He? Lando’s aid on Cloud City, the bald-headed man with a machine wrapped around his head. He’s too busy communicating with the central computer to spend a single syllable on any puny human or other organic problem and plays a crucial role in helping Lando regain the trust of his friends. John Hollis plays the part as stoically as he should, but faint registers of emotion can be glimpsed in his performance making it all the more memorable. The galaxy needs more Lobots.
Defining Characteristic: “Lobot’s not the chatty type, but he’s loyal. And great with computers!” Couldn’t have said it better myself, Lando.

14. Malakili, the Rancor Keeper
As Seen In: ‘Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi’
Who Is He? The man responsible for Jabba’s deadliest possession: the Rancor (that oversized beast that lives in the dungeon and has an insatiable appetite). Reason why Malikili, and his 4-5 second film appearance, comes out on top of all of Jabba’s servants is because of his completely unexpected burst of emotion when Luke manages to kill his beast. The gate closes on the Rancor’s head, and Malakili bursts into tears. It’s played for laughs, perhaps, but as the film has aged, his scene is more a heartfelt slap of humanity amidst the creature feature that is Jabba’s entire segment than anything else. Paul Brooke portrays him.
Defining Characteristic: Unforeseen attachment towards a disgusting creature. Pets, man…


13. Uncle Owen
As Seen In: ‘Episode II: The Attack of the Clones,’ ‘Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith,’ ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’
Who Is He? Owen Lars, Anakin Skywalker’s brother-in-law. His name is Owen Lars, yet it feels so wrong to call him anything but Uncle Owen, as that’s how we first meet him in ‘A New Hope.’ One of the most underrated, though short-lived supporting characters of ‘A New Hope’ trilogy, if there are those who believe the original film is a little lightweight, point them to Uncle Owen. As played by Phil Brown, Owen only has a few scenes, but conveys wells of backstory: this is a man ruled by bitterness and fear. He’s had a child foisted upon him that is not his own and he knows what happened to Anakin Skywalker going to the dark side. AND he’s holding onto one of the darkest secrets in the universe that Darth Vader is Luke’s father (and has to spin lies for all of Luke’s inquisitive adolescence). Imagine raising what you might fear is the son of Satan? Of course you’re going to be angry, cranky, fearful and controlling. And give it up for Lucas for baking in so much into the character who is hellbent on making sure his adopted boy goes nowhere near a starship or any adventures, and leads the most boring life possible. Of course, fate intervenes and Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru meet the grimmest death possible — torched to death by Storm Troopers for aiding and abetting wanted droids. And if that isn’t the greatest impetus for starting a life-changing adventure — Luke’s entire life decimated and burned to the ground — we don’t know what is. So yes, cranky and with very good reason. The less said about Joel Edgerton’s far-less-textured take on the character the better, but in his defense, the character is still young and hopeful, without the burdens that life will give him.
Defining Characteristic: A generally grouchy perspective on life.

12. Mon Mothma
As Seen In: ‘Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi’
Who Is She? An instrumental behind-the-scenes player in the creation of the Alliance, and a native of Chandrila. If that sounds like she might not be human, it’s been a long time since you’ve see ‘Return of the Jedi.’ In her one and only scene, which lasts “twenty six and a half seconds,” (something actress Caroline Blakinston likes to make a point of, in jest) Mon Mothma briefs Lando, Han, and the rest of the Alliance fighters about crucial information on the Empire’s new Death Star and the Emperor himself. But it’s the way she delivers the line “many Bothans died to bring us this information” that really makes her characters, however minor, resonate well beyond the film’s final credits.
Defining Characteristic: A knack for injecting a gamut of emotion with just seven words.


11. Salacious B. Crumb
As Seen In: ‘Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi’
Who Is He? He looks like a piece of snot with fur, but he’s in fact a Kowakian monkey-lizard and Jabba the Hut’s court jester. Those of us who grew up with ‘Star Wars’ toys will remember that Salacious B. Crumb (seriously, how much do you love that name?) came with the whole Jabba package, and none of the film’s scenes in the first half would’ve been the same had it not been for this little piece of shit sadistically cackling whenever a good guy was about to get hurt. One of the greater sidekicks from the films.
Defining Characteristic: What else could it be but that maniacal, highly contagious, laugh?

10. Nien Nunb
As Seen In: ‘Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi’
Who Is He? Lando Calrissian’s co-pilot during the pivotal Battle of Endor, who got to ride shotgun on The Millennium Falcon. Another one of those by-standers who rarely get the props they deserve but who are — if you were to put yourself in anyone’s space shoes during any epic space battle — totally crucial for victory. Nien Nunb’s distinct double-flapped lower jaw and big coal-black eyeballs instantly make him one of the most endearing minor characters in all of “Star Wars.” And if a good laugh is what you’re after, I recommend this little Nien Nunb nugget.
Defining Characteristic: Toss-up between his Sallustan dialect and his fantastic chuckle.

9. Ponda Baba and Cornelius Evazan
As Seen In: ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’

Who Are They? They’re the first featured representation of the “wretched hive of scum and villainy” that Obi Wan warns Luke about, right before they enter Chalmun’s Cantina. They add that special oddball humor ‘cause they’re drunk and pick a fight with Luke for the hell of it, but when it turns sour their actions not only reveal the first form of frontier justice and violence that is so common on Mos Eisley, but also the first lightsaber-wielding reaction from Obi-Wan. Not only are they the most memorable scum around, but they also make us see the badass side to Obi-Wan Kenobi for the very first time.
Defining Characteristics: Evazan brags about having a death sentence on 12 systems. More defining than Baba’s ball-sack chin and Cornelius’ fucked up eye put together.


8. Bossk & The Other Badass Bounty Hunters Who Aren’t Boba Fett
As Seen In: ‘Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,’ ‘Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi’

Who Are They? Oh, you know, just the biggest tease in the whole friggin’ saga! Bossk is the intimidating dino-faced bounty hunter (a Trandoshan by birth) who stands out amongst an impressive team of ugly, fearsome dudes called upon by Darth Vader after the failed Battle of Hoth. Their mission? Find the Millennium Falcon. The result? A complete tease, because apart from an initial glimpse (and really just a blink cameo in ‘Return of the Jedi’ from Bossk) we eventually get to meet none of them except for Boba Fett. Now, Boba is cool as shit, but the five guys — Dengar, IG-88, Zuckuss, 4-Lom and Bossk — make such a lasting impression that you start missing them pretty quick, over the course of two films no less. No wonder they’ve been added to countless stories in the expanded universe and comics; their presence alone was enough to intrigue and fascinate.
Defining Characteristics: Being missed opportunities at making the original trilogy even greater than it is.


7. Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes
As Seen In: ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’
Who Are They? The band that plays in Chalmun’s Cantina, where Obi Wan and Luke meet Han and Chewie. All respect to Max Rebo, but they wouldn’t stand a chance in a Galactic Battle of the Bands against these guys. Their bulbous heads and obvious passion for music is one of the first injections of abstract humor in “Star Wars;” an element that quickly evolves into one of the most welcoming tones in the entire original trilogy (something the prequels expertly fail at). For that, for playing a genre of music called Jizz (in reality John Williams’ stuff, which is in and of itself a barrel of laughs) and for having such a terrific stage name, Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes have earned their way to the Top 10.
Defining Characteristic: Expert Jizz players.

6. Admiral Firmus Piett
As Seen In: ‘Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,’ ‘Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi’
Who Is He? The only Admiral working for the Empire who knows when to shut up and how to talk to his boss. We never see him in ‘A New Hope,’ but logic tells us he was under Grand Moff Tarkin’s wing as nothing more than a novice officer, taking notes and orders, and learning from others’ mistakes. In ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ his moment to shine comes when Admiral Ozzel fails Vader for the last time (as we’ve already discussed), and he’s right there until the bitter end in ‘Return of the Jedi,’ going down with his ship like a real captain (and therefore is the only high ranking Imperial officer who lives through two movies). Kenneth Colley portrays him, and he absolutely nails the shitting-in-the-pants look in all his scenes with Vader.
Defining Characteristic: Being at the right place at the right time, and never getting choked.


5. Biggs Darklighter
As Seen In: ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’
Who Is He? Luke’s childhood friend from Tatooine, who died one of the most heroic deaths during the Battle of Yavin. “It’ll be like old times, Luke, they’ll never stop us!” is one of Darklighter’s only lines in the film (delivered by Garrick Hagon with great oomph) and just as many other underdogs and outcasts on this list, Darklighter is the kind of character that had a tremendous impact in shaping the personality of a major character – in this case, Luke. Before Obi Wan Kenobi came into Luke’s life and his ego exponentially grew in size; it was Biggs Darklighter Luke wanted to be more than anyone else. Probably. Sacrificing himself in the battle so that Luke can save the day, Darklighter is an absolute legend of the Rouge Squadron.
Defining Characteristic
: A “Top Gun” – like eagerness to fly, and a ‘stache that can only be rivaled by Major Bren Derlin.

4. Greedo
As Seen In: ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’
Who Is He? A Rodian bounty hunter who is the first to get a shot (see what I did there?) at capturing Han Solo for Jabba, and the first of many who fails. When Obi Wan and Luke are about to enlist Han Solo for his piloting prowess, Greedo gets in the way for a few seconds with his classic opener, “Going somewhere, Solo?” During their discussion, in one of the series’ first bilingual exchanges between a human and an alien, Greedo almost gets the better of Han, but is promptly shot to death. Besides his spiffy vest and uniquely green horse-fly look, Greedo is a legendary minor character because he represents everything that’s silly about George Lucas’ retouches to the series.
Defining Characteristic
: His name doesn’t leave room for much else, does it? Dude is greedy ‘til death.

3. Grand Moff Tarkin
As Seen In: ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’
Who Is He? He’s like the General Grievous of the original trilogy except a hundred times more memorable; a minor character in the overall saga, who was kind-of-sort-of the main villain in ‘Episode IV,’ right before Darth Vader became one of cinema’s ultimate bad guys. Played by the fantastic character actor Peter Cushing (in a performance so deliciously evil and wholesome, any of the character’s appearances in other Episodes are being ignored for the purposes of this article), Tarkin deserves the title of ‘Grand Moff’ over anyone else because he’s so good at keeping Vader in check. He also destroys Leia’s whole planet with a single button just to prove the power of the Death Star. I mean, shit, not even the Emperor does that.
Defining Characteristic: Blink-and-you’ll-miss-them facial twitches whenever someone asks him an annoying question.


2. Admiral Gial Ackbar
As Seen In: ‘Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi’
Who Is He? He’s like the opposite of Dr. Zoidberg, despite looking like his live-action doppelganger. Mon Mothma introduces us to Ackbar, the Admiral who steers everyone towards victory during the Battle of Endor, as someone who saved an entire people from being the Emperor’s slaves. His race is known as the Mon Calamari (really, Lucas?) and he’s as high-ranking as you’ll get in terms of both pure goodness and military ranks in the Alliance. Of what feels like a thousand and one species found in the “Star Wars” galaxy, Ackbar is the first to stand out — not only because of his crucial part during the final confrontation that sealed both Vader’s and the Emperor’s fates, but because “it’s a trap!” (Had to be said.)
Defining Characteristic: A whole lot of virtues, no doubt, but sensing traps is the one that sticks most readily to mind.


1. Wedge Antilles
As Seen In: ‘Episode IV: A New Hope,’ ‘Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,’ ‘Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi’
Who Is He? As one of only two survivors from the Battle of Yavin (you know who the other one is), Wedge Antilles would go on to be one of the founding members of Rogue Squadron and participate in the Battle of Hoth and the Battle of Endor, not only surviving on both occasions but — together with Lando — striking one of the fatal blows to Death Star II. While the likes of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Lando Calrissian hog the spotlight, it’s the Wedge Antilles’ who get shit done without making a fuss about it. With barely a full page of dialogue in all three films combined, Antilles is our No. 1 odds & sods ‘Star Wars’ character because he’s a brilliant fighter pilot who fights for the good side and who’s seen it all.
Defining Characteristic: Survivor.

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