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14 'Star Wars' Characters Who Could Have Been So Much More

Updated February 11, 2021 2.5k votes 297 voters 22.6k views15 items

List RulesVote up the characters who deserved more screen time in 'Star Wars.'

That galaxy far, far away is absolutely teeming with Star Wars characters that deserve more screen time than they were given. While the saga sometimes seems like the entire universe centers around a handful of Jedi that primarily hang out on Tatooine, it's so much more than that. There are plenty of characters whose actions played a critical role in saving the galaxy but weren't named Skywalker, so they didn't receive the spin-offs they deserved

There are so many Star Wars characters that could be main characters in a great story, but there just aren't enough films to go around. That's part of what makes the series so great. Every Star Wars character actually feels like they have lived an adventurous life. Even the smallest side characters get enough detail to make viewers wonder what they were doing when the cameras turned off, and the best of those side characters could easily lead franchises or films in their own right. 

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  • Photo: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    The Phantom Menace was released 16 years after the previous Star Wars films, and it wasn't exactly received well at the time. That didn't mean fans hated everything about the new film, though. One of the two most promising parts of the new prequel films was Qui-Gon Jin and Darth Maul. Unfortunately, neither one lasted very long on the silver screen. For his part, Darth Maul was given a second life (literally) in the cartoons, where his popularity gained such a resurgence that he served as a mysterious cameo in Solo

    Sadly, Qui-Gon Jin wasn't so lucky. It's a shame, too, because he's an incredible character. He was cool, collected, and a Jedi Master who wasn't afraid to ask questions or buck tradition. He was basically an old Jedi hippy, a dynamic none of the movies have explored. Also, what casual fans may not know or remember was that his master was Count Dooku. It would be incredible to get inside of the head of a Jedi apprentice who came of age just to watch their master defect to the Dark side.

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  • Photo: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    Did Mace Windu have multiple scenes in the prequels that showcased how fantastic he was? Sure. Absolutely he did. But, those moments were relatively small, especially considering there's so much more that was left unsaid about Windu's origins and history. 

    Mace Windu was one of the best lightsaber fighters in the galaxy. When it was time to take down the dark lord of the Sith in Episode III, Master Mace Windu was the one trusted and tasked to bring Palpatine in. Fans of the Clone Wars television series also know what an important role Windu played in those battles as a general. He's one of the coolest characters in the franchise, and he's played by Samuel L. Jackson, and who wouldn't want more Samuel L. Jackson in Star Wars?

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  • Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Cartoon Network

    Asajj Ventress may not have been in a Star Wars film thus far, but she was popular enough to have appeared in both Clone Wars television series. As one of the only female Sith in the franchise, the appeal of this character isn't exactly confusing.

    Her life was an incredible journey, from her birth into a tribe of force-sensitive Nightsisters to Sith training at the hands of Count Dooku to an eventual career change into bounty hunting. While a lot of her life was detailed in The Clone Wars, she was definitely interesting enough to sustain a property of some kind focusing primarily on her. The book The Dark Disciple was a good starting point, but it would be cool to see her on screen once again.

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    Cad Bane

    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Cartoon Network

    Cad Bane received a decent amount of screen time in The Clone Wars due to immediate fan interest in the character, but the live-action corner of the franchise has been completely devoid of the epic antagonist. As a western-themed bounty hunter from The Clone Wars, nothing points to the possible success of a Cad Bane property more than the success of The Mandalorian and the introduction of Ahsoka Tano into live-action. 

    Cad Bane was shown to be the best bounty hunter during the Clone Wars, but his story seemed to just end after Order 66. If the Star Wars executives were looking for someone's story to showcase during the early days of the empire, there's no better pick than Cad Bane. 

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