While we have gotten a number of amazing characters throughout the Star Wars saga, there are some we could have done without.
As a lifelong Star Wars fan, and an optimist, I typically try to stay positive about the franchise. And let’s be honest – there’s much more to love about Star Wars than not.
I’ll take the films with their flaws rather than no films any day of the week. However, with that being said, there are some aspects of the franchise that would have been better left out. Primarily – certain characters.
I’ll be the first to say that the majority of the characters in the saga are downright awesome. Even many of the secondary and background characters are wonderful. Unfortunately, there are a few that aren’t. Let’s take a look at some of the Star Wars characters we could have done without.
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When The Force Awakens was released, Captain Phasma was built to be a major player in the First Order. We were led to believe her role would develop into something great. Unfortunately, she met her fate in The Last Jedi and looking back on her legacy, she was pretty pointless.
I think we can all agree that Admiral Ackbar should have had the role in The Last Jedi that Holdo wound up getting. Star Wars fans have a sentimental connection to Ackbar that would have made his sacrifice for the resistance much more impactful. Instead, we got Holdo.
That isn’t to say that she was a bad character, it’s just that we didn’t have any time to build that emotional connection to her, which made her brief moment in the plot rather disappointing.
Okay I’ll admit, I picked the low hanging fruit here. But it’s an obvious choice. Jar Jar is universally the most despised character in franchise history. Comic relief is one thing, but George Lucas really hurt his legacy with the implementation of this character.
HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 04: In this handout provided by A.M.P.A.S., BB-8 attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Sayles/A.M.P.A.S via Getty Images)
Look, I love this little droid. He’s got a lot of spunk. But really, is there any reason why we couldn’t have just used R2 instead?
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This was Rogue One’s attempt at some kind of Jedi-esque character. And although this film was a solid addition to the saga, Chirrut comes across as cheesy and he doesn’t seem to serve any major purpose. But hey, the guy can sword fight without being able to see. That’s still pretty cool.
What are your least favorite Star Wars characters? Hit the comments and let us know your thoughts.