Show of the Week: 5 Obscure Star Wars Characters Who Became Game Heroes


Star Wars Battlefront’s free DLC Battle of Jakku is, among other things, the origin story of the wrecked Star Destroyer from that Force Awakens trailer. You can spot it crashing in the desert in the Graveyard of Giants map. Credit for the crash goes to aristocrat Thane Kyrell and a band of former Imperials, according to Star Wars lore, which is crowded with minor characters who find fame outside of the main movies. With that in mind, Show of the Week salutes five bit players who made it big in Star Wars games.

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Star Wars-owning entertainment behemoth Disney may have wiped clean the Star Wars extended universe to make way for The Force Awakens, but it can’t mess with our headcanon. At least, not without a powerdrill. And the many, many Star Wars games are a great opportunity for the less celebrated movie characters to shine.

We hear plenty about what a legendary Bounty Hunter Jango Fett is, for instance, but in the films he basically outsources the one bounty he gets to someone else and then gets his head lopped off by Samuel L. Jackson.

PS2 game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter repairs his reputation by chucking him into a conspiracy orchestrated by Darth Tyranus and tooling him up with flamethrowers and missile launchers.

Plus, with Bounter Hunter being a third-person game, you get a really good idea of how Boba Fett’s armour could look if he gave it a clean once in a while.

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  1. Jek Porkins is actually a pretty cool pilot in the X-Wing miniatures game. Just like how his whole deal in the movie was pushing his X-Wing in ways that weren't strictly advisable (and blowing up for it in that case, yes) his whole deal in the miniatures game is that he can do repeated pilot-stress actions without taking any pilot stress, albeit at risk to his ship. Give him a talent that lets him do more stuff (at a stress cost) and you get to hear your opponent fume as the TIE he put where no X-Wing should have been able to get it blows up into little TIEbits.

    …Well, you get to do that if you're good at the game. I, on the other hand, get to fail to put him anywhere in particular and then stress his ship to death.

  2. It's a little bit of a nitpick, a lot of nerd-alert, and is now classified as "Legends", but Boba's armor is painted the way it is intentionally.

    Many Mandalorians customized their armor. Each color is symbolizes something significant and personal to the wearer.

    Red is painted to honor a parent. In Boba's case, his father.
    Gold is for vengeance. In Boba's case, against the Jedi.
    Green is for duty. In Boba's case, it's to exterminate every remaining Jedi and to uphold his family's traditions, as he is the last in the Fett bloodline.
    Gray is for mourning a lost love. Boba did not have gray painted on his armor (jumpsuit does not count).
    Blue is for reliability. Both Jango and Boba had blue on their armor because they always got the job done when it needed to be done.
    Black stands for justice. To paint black on your armor is to become a physical avatar of justice itself. (Visor does not count). Boba, nor Jango, painted any part of their armor black.
    And finally…
    Orange stands for a lust for life. Basically the will to live. Boba had some orange on his armor (his knee pads).

  3. Wait, there's already dlc? For a game that isn't even fucking finished? Are you fucking serious?! Goddammit EA!!!!!!!

  4. 10:14 I wanted to make a joke about how Jane's middle name is "Adventure", but I realized it was rude and disrespectful. Even though I didn't make the joke I feel I should apologize anyway.

  5. What about Garm Bel Iblis? Dude stole an Imperial Hover tank with weapons on it that are primarily Reserved for Capital ship battles and had two shield Generators on it. Plus, His name means Devil. If your wondering about the game, Star wars Empire at War, Forces of Corruption DLC. Oh, and then you have the fact The Empire got Lord Vader in the Executor.


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