Personally, I’ve never understood the Thrawn love or the love for the original Thrawn trilogy of books by Timothy Zahn. I read them back in the mid to late ’90s and really struggled to get through them, as they just didn’t catch my interest all that much. I was a much bigger fan of the Jedi Academy Trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson and feel that it is a very underrated trilogy of stories. Anyway, we aren’t here to debate books, we are here to debate characters, and Thrawn is completely overrated in my opinion.
First of all his look is not consistent with any alien in the Star Wars universe. He’s just a blue human with red eyes. Star Wars aliens always have some sort of different physical feature weather it is horns, or tusks or a misshaped head. A blue humanoid seems more in place in the world of Star Trek than Star Wars.
He then wears a white uniform. Okay, there is a guy in the background on the Death Star in A New Hope that also wears a white uniform, so it’s not completely out of left field, but we all know Imperials wear gray, and again the look just doesn’t fit.
Then there’s his personality. He’s this cunning military strategist who has a great love of art from various species cultures. He also isn’t afraid of Darth Vader. Whoop dee-do. We already had a great Imperial leader who was an expert strategist and didn’t back down from Vader and that was Grand Moff Tarkin. He’s basically a blue Tarkin rip off, and why he gets so much love will forever get my goat. He not only got love, but was so loved that Dave Filoni felt the need to put him into the Star Wars Rebels show, and a new canon version of novels about his backstory was commissioned to be written. I could name at least ten other existing Legacy characters I would’ve rather had reincorporated into the current Star Wars canon before this retread of a character.