Category:Star Wars Legends characters
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The following 9 pages are in this category, out of 9 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 9 pages are in this category, out of 9 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Star Wars expanded universe – The Star Wars expanded universe is a collective term for all Star Wars fictional material produced by Lucasfilm or officially licensed by it. This restructuring left the Star Wars theatrical films, the Clone Wars animated film, a number of works have subsequently been produced, including the Rebels animated TV series, the 2015 film The Force Awakens, and multiple novels and comic book series. Fosters 1978 novel Splinter of the Minds Eye was commissioned by Lucas as the basis for a potential sequel to Star Wars should the film prove unsuccessful. A Star Wars comic book series from Marvel Comics ran from April 1977 to May 1986, former Marvel Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter credited the titles strong sales for saving Marvel financially in 1977 and 1978. Marvels Star Wars series was one of the top selling titles in 1979 and 1980. The material was used as a resource by some novelists that followed, StarWars. com wrote in 2014 that the novel jumpstarted a publishing program that endures to this day and formalized the Expanded Universe. It introduced, among others, the popular characters Grand Admiral Thrawn and Mara Jade and this so-called Thrawn trilogy is widely credited with revitalizing the Star Wars franchise. In The Secret History of Star Wars, Michael Kaminski suggests that this renewed interest was a factor in Lucass decision to create the prequel trilogy. Around this same time, Dark Horse Comics acquired the Star Wars license and launched a number of series set after the film trilogy. In 1999, Star Wars book publishing moved from Bantam Spectra to Del Rey Books, New Jedi Order, set 25 to 30 years after the original films, introduced a new threat, the Yuuzhan Vong, a powerful alien race attempting to invade and conquer the entire galaxy. The bulk of Expanded Universe storytelling explores the time period after Return of the Jedi, subsequent novels and comics were set before, concurrent with, and after the events of these works. In 2004, USA Today reported that over 1,100 Star Wars titles had been published, including novels, comics, non-fiction, then-president of Lucas Licensing, Howard Roffman, estimated that there were more than 65 million Star Wars books in print. He said, The books are a way of extending the fantasy of Star Wars, the movies have had a really profound effect on a couple of generations. Star Wars has become a cultural touchpoint, and our fans are avidly interested in exploring more stories, the animated television series Star Wars, The Clone Wars ran from 2008 to 2014 and was set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Lucas discussed ideas for a sequel trilogy several times after the conclusion of the original trilogy, in October 2012, The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm for $4.06 billion. In April 2014, Lucasfilm rebranded the Expanded Universe material as Star Wars Legends, the companys focus would be shifted towards a restructured Star Wars canon based on new material. The announcement called these works the immovable objects of Star Wars history and it was also made clear that a planned Star Wars sequel trilogy, and subsequent works developed within the restructured canon, would not be based on Legends material but could possibly draw from it. Lucas had previously used the character Aayla Secura, introduced in 2000 in the Star Wars, Republic comic book series, in Attack of the Clones
2. HK-47 – HK-47 was voiced by Kristoffer Tabori. HK-47 has been received for his characterization and humor. A BioWare developer posted to the forum that HK-47 is named in homage of a dropship in Shattered Steel. However, Knights of the Old Republic lead writer Drew Karpyshyn claimed the name derived from his billiards teams name, in Knights of the Old Republic, the players character purchases HK-47 on Tatooine. Dialogue establishes that Revan built the bloodthirsty droid, which refers to organic lifeforms as meatbags. HK-47 is disabled at the beginning of The Sith Lords, the character recovers material from damaged droids to repair HK-47. Dialogue in The Sith Lords expands on the backstory and purpose. The droid calls on players to complete quests to return him to a droid body. HK-47 returns in Star Wars, The Old Republic as a battle in two separate flashpoints and as a mini boss in a level 60 operation. HK-47 is a character in the mobile game Star Wars. HK-47 was included as a figure in the Champions of the Force line of Star Wars figures. At the 2004 Game Developers Choice Awards, the HK-47 character won the category of Original Game Character of the Year, the character also won Computer Gaming Worlds 2003 NPC of the Year award. GameSpot called the one of the coolest characters of 2003. GamesRadar listed HK-47 as the 3rd best conceived character in gaming, calling him cheerfully insane. IGN chose the character as the 13th top Star Wars hero, gameDailys Robert Workman called HK-47 one of his favourite characters from Star Wars video games. GameDailys Chris Buffa also listed the droid as one of their top 25 video game robots, praising its humour, UGO Networks listed the character as one of the top 50 Star Wars expanded universe characters, noting his sarcastic personality made him unique among droids. Empire listed HK-47 as the 43rd greatest video game character, calling him brilliantly twisted, dakota Grabowski of GameZone listed HK-47 as the second top BioWare created teammate, commenting that he delivered some of the best lines in Knights of the Old Republic. Matt Miller from the magazine called HK-47 the second top AI character of the decade, commenting that if the player chose to go light-side
3. Mara Jade – Mara Jade Skywalker is a fictional character in Star Wars expanded universe books, comic books, and computer games. She is the wife of Luke Skywalker and mother of Ben Skywalker, in the different video games, she is voiced by Heidi Shannon, Edie Mirman and Kath Soucie. Mara Jade was introduced in Timothy Zahns Heir to the Empire, Zahn imagined Jade as a strong, complex female character, which he found was lacking in the Star Wars universe. While competent, she is also flawed, when the Thrawn Trilogy ended in 1993 with The Last Command, Zahn thought it was the last book for which he would develop the character. When Zahn was asked to write another novel, he established two goals, to end the war between the New Republic and the Empire, and to get Luke Skywalker and Mara together, although Lucasfilm initially resisted the idea of Luke marrying Mara, they eventually acquiesced. But theyre both women who are strong without sacrificing their femininity, a balance which I think some authors have trouble writing. Bear in mind too, that Leia was one of the first people in the New Republic who decided Mara could be trusted, in a 1998 Star Wars Insider poll of fans favorite Star Wars characters, Mara Jade was the only expanded universe character to break the top 20. Mara Jade is introduced as smuggler Talon Karrdes second-in-command in Heir to the Empire, the novel establishes that she was previously an Emperors Hand—a special agent—for Emperor Palpatine. Several stories depict Jade before the events in Heir to the Empire, showing her training under Palpatine, the Thrawn trilogy depicts Maras first confrontation with Luke Skywalker, whom she has sworn to kill to avenge Palpatines death. In doing so, she took Anakin Skywalkers blue lightsaber, and used it instead of Lukes green lightsaber, Luke recognizes in Mara an underdeveloped affinity for the Force, although she initially resists Jedi training, she eventually becomes a Jedi Master. Luke and Mara develop a bond in Zahns The Hand of Thrawn Duology, he proposes marriage. She delivers a son, Ben, during The New Jedi Order series, in the Legacy of the Force series, Mara becomes suspicious of her nephew, Jacen Solo, when he sends Ben on several ethically dubious missions. Upon learning that Jacen has become a Sith apprentice, Mara vows to kill him and she later appears as a Force ghost, first to Ben and then to Luke, in Revelation. She also appears as a Force ghost to Cade Skywalker in the Legacy comics, Mara was portrayed by model Shannon McRandle on several cards in the Star Wars Customizable Card Game. Meeting her was also an objective in the now defunct massively multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies. She is a character in Star Wars, Masters of Teräs Käsi. Star Wars Jedi Knight, Mysteries of the Sith, Star Wars, Empire at War and Star Wars and she also narrates the Imperial campaign in Star Wars, Galactic Battlegrounds. Mara Jade was chosen by IGN as the 19th top Star Wars character, UGO Networks called the character the seventh top Star Wars Expanded Universe character, calling her complex
4. Kyle Katarn – Katarn was originally a member of the Galactic Empire, before becoming a mercenary for hire. He regularly worked for the Rebel Alliance and later became a member of the New Republic as well as a skilled Jedi and an instructor at the Jedi Academy, second only to Luke Skywalker. Katarn has been received by most critics, with GameSpot including him in a vote for the greatest video game character of all time. As a mercenary, he worked for the Rebel Alliance. The game begins shortly before the events of the film A New Hope, the plans would eventually be forwarded to Princess Leia, leading to the destruction of the Death Star. One year later, Katarn is employed to investigate the Dark Trooper project, after several adventures, Katarn terminates the Dark Trooper Project and kills its creator, General Rom Mohc, aboard his flagship, the Arc Hammer. Star Wars Jedi Knight, Dark Forces II takes place one year after the events of the film, 8t88 also tells Katarn of a data disk recovered from Morgan after his death which can only be translated by a droid in Morgans home. After 8t88 leaves Katarn to be killed, Katarn escapes, tracks down 8t88 and he then heads to his home planet of Sulon and has the disk translated. The disk contains a message from Morgan, telling Katarn his must pursue the ways of the Jedi, Katarn also learns that seven Dark Jedi are attempting to use the power found in the Valley to rebuild the Empire. Kyle eventually kills all seven Dark Jedi and saves the Valley, Star Wars Jedi Knight, Mysteries of the Sith, an expansion pack for Dark Forces II, takes place approximately five years later. The game focuses on former Imperial assassin Mara Jade, who has come under Kyles tutelage as she trains to be a Jedi. During this period, while investigating Sith ruins on Dromund Kaas, Kyle comes under the influence of the Dark Side of the Force, Star Wars Jedi Knight II, Jedi Outcast is set three years after Mysteries of the Sith. Feeling vulnerable to fall to the Dark Side, Kyle has chosen to forsake the Force and has returned to his former mercenary ways. Whilst on a mission for Mon Mothma, Kyles partner, Jan Ors is apparently murdered at the hands of two Dark Jedi, Desann and Tavion, determined to avenge her death, Katarn returns to the Valley of the Jedi to regain his connection to the Force. Taking back his lightsaber from Luke Skywalker, he out to track down Desann. After escaping from a trap with Lando Calrissians help, Katarn heads to Cloud City and interrogates Tavion, Katarn spares Tavions life and stows away on Desanns ship, the Doomgiver. After rescuing Jan, Katarn defeats the military scientist, Galak Fyyar, Katarn enters the Academy and defeats Desann. After the battle, he tells Luke Skywalker that he is going to stay a Jedi, confident of his strength and dedication to the Light Side
5. Kreia – Kreia is a fictional character and party member in Obsidian Entertainments Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II, The Sith Lords. She is a blind Force-sensitive who forms a bond with the player character, Kreia sets herself up as the Exiles mentor, and rejects the divide of the light and dark side of the Force, as well as the predestination the Force entails. By the games end, it is revealed she is the Sith Lord Darth Traya and is planning on destroying the Force, Kreia makes no more appearances in Star Wars fiction, though a miniature by Wizards of the Coast was released in August 2008. She served both to test the player and to act as a mouthpiece for any questions Avellone thought should be asked about the Star Wars universe, Sara Kestelman voiced the character, with Kreias casting being considered the most important of all the characters. Her name references Princess Leia of the original Star Wars trilogy and she was positively received, and is often pointed as the highlight of The Sith Lords. Praise went to the questions and dialogue she provided, as well as her voice acting, the character has appeared in numerous top lists, often commending her as a Star Wars character. Attention was drawn to one moment where Kreia lectures about the dangers of charity, despite this, Avellone felt he failed in creating a sympathetic Sith Lord, though has called her one of his favorite characters in the game. The first draft of the placed a figurehead similar to Kreia as the leader of a matriarchs ruling the Handmaidens world. However, some of Kreias characteristics were salvaged, though little else was, in the game proper, Kreia was written by Chris Avellone, who was also lead designer of The Sith Lords and created most of the party. Avellone was initially unsure about working on Star Wars but after beginning became more invested in, Avellone decided to attempt to create a sympathetic Sith Lord. The character was influenced by Ravel Puzzlewell, a Planescape, Torment character which Avellone also wrote. Avellone felt it would be cool to be in a party with Ravel, despite Ravels influence, the Star Wars setting and its elements resulted in Kreia changing heavily. A multi-page biography was created for narrative reference, art and audio, when making characters, Avellone prefers to focus on, their role in the story, their name, their visual signature, and in Kreias case the characters ability to serve as his voice. Her name is inspired by Princess Leia of the original Star Wars films, and serves a role as ally. Her visuals, meanwhile, combine elements of both the wise mentor like Obi-Wans robes and dark elements like Palpatines hood. Brian Menze, lead concept artist and modeller for the characters, as an extension of Avellones voice, Kreia became his way of expressing all his problems with the Force. Kreia is intended to test the player on the philosophical issues of the Star Wars universe. She is rude and dismissive to everyone but the player character, english actress Sara Kestelman voiced the character in the game
6. Revan – Revan is a fictional character in BioWares Star Wars, Knights of the Old Republic video game. The character may be male or female, though Revan is canonically male. The players choice of a male or female Revan changes only which characters the player character can fall in love with and he was voiced by Rino Romano in Knights of the Old Republic and Jeff Bennett in Star Wars, The Old Republic. Revans story is explored in Drew Karpyshyns 2011 novella Star Wars, The Old Republic. Revan is depicted as a former Jedi who, along with Malak, one year after the end of the Mandalorian Wars, Darth Revan returned to Republic space at the head of a massive invasion fleet. Calling themselves the Sith, they declared war on the Republic, however his intention was to unite the galaxy under one ruler so he could attack the ancient Sith Empire, he avoided attacking key places such as Coruscant, Onderon, and Dantooine. Though Malak believed himself to have successful in killing Revan. Revan was severely injured from the turbolaser blasts, Knights of the Old Republic begins with Revan awaking on a starship under attack. Throughout the game, Revan learns of his history and assembles a band of followers as he searches for Star Maps that lead him back to the Star Forge. Revan encounters Malak, who tells Revan that he is the former Sith lord, at one point Malak captures Bastila and turns her to the dark side. Her ultimate fate depends on player choices, in the game, the player can choose whether to turn Revan to the dark side or the light side of the Force. Regardless, Revan confronts Malak at the games conclusion, according to canon, Revan returned as a Jedi Knight who stopped the Sith forces under Malaks control and destroyed the Star Forge. The sequel Knights of the Old Republic II, The Sith Lords reveals that a year after the defeat of Malak, Revan recalled a threat from his time as the Dark Lord, and left known space to deal with it. Clues to the nature of the threat emerge from in-game dialogue with non-player characters, this varies according to alignment and gender. Also, at the ancient tomb of Ludo Kressh in Korriban, the game lists the color crystal of the light saber the player obtains from him as a unique red color. This is Revans only appearance in the entire game, additionally, the Jedi Exile can speak with several companions and non-player characters within the game to learn more about the history of Revan, and his journey into the Unknown Regions. He appears as the focus of Star Wars, The Old Republic, Revan, released by Bioware. Revan re-emerges in Star Wars, The Old Republic after a team of Republic heroes manage to rescue him from the Emperors Maelstrom Prison with the help of the ghost of the Jedi Exile
7. Jacen Solo – Jacen Solo is a fictional character in the Star Wars expanded universe. The son of Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo and the nephew of Luke Skywalker, he is a character in several Star Wars novels. He becomes the antagonist of the Legacy of the Force series and he is the brother of Anakin Solo and Jaina Solo, grandson of Anakin Skywalker, and cousin of Ben Skywalker. Jacen is introduced in the 1993 novel The Last Command, the installment of the Thrawn trilogy. The twins, and eventually their younger brother Anakin, were sent to live at various safe havens, under the protection of Leias handmaiden, in Jedi Search, the twins returned to Coruscant at age three and had many adventures there. They once got lost in the underworld of Imperial City with C-3PO, but were rescued and returned to their mother. In the Young Jedi Knights series, Jacen travels to Yavin 4 with his sister to begin his Jedi training. Jacen discovers a connection to the Living Force — the concentration on the present moment — and can communicate with. He even keeps a menagerie of animals in his room in the Great Massassi Temple. He and his sister befriend the Wookiee Lowbacca and the warrior princess Tenel Ka, in Heirs of the Force and Shadow Academy, Jacen and Jaina discover a crashed TIE fighter from the Battle of Yavin. Jaina installs a hyperdrive in the downed starfighter and begins fixing it to fly again. Jacen, Lowbacca, and Tenel Ka help her to practice their Force skills until all are held captive by the TIEs original pilot, Qorl and they eventually escape, but so does Qorl, leaving the jungle moon behind and searching for any remnants of the Galactic Empire. Qorl discovers the Shadow Academy, a ground for Dark Jedi commanded by one of Luke Skywalkers fallen students, Brakiss. These elements of the so-called Second Imperium kidnap Jacen, Jaina and Lowbacca, the friends return to Coruscant for a short vacation, and are reunited with the twins childhood friend Zekk. They are forced to fight Jacen and Jaina several times, Jacen uses a corusca gem he had gained earlier for his focusing crystal. Jacens hard-learned lesson hits home once again in Lightsabers, when Tenel Ka rushes to complete her lightsaber to keep up with her friends and she uses an imperfect crystal and her blade shorts out in a sparring match with Jacen. His lightsaber passes through thin air where her weapon had been seconds before, though she bears him no ill will for the accident, Jacen is wracked with guilt. In Darkest Knight, the twins and Tenel Ka go to Kashyyyk with Lowbacca to witness his sisters adulthood rites, in Jedi Under Siege, the Jedi trainees and the Shadow Academy have their final confrontation on Yavin 4
8. Starkiller – The characters name is taken from Luke Skywalkers original name Annikin Starkiller. IGN called Starkillers story nice and complete, Game Informer, UGO Networks and GameDaily also gave good reviews. However, GamesRadar has criticized Starkillers design, in GameSpots vote for the greatest video game character of all time, Starkiller was eliminated in round 1 against Niko Bellic. George Lucas motivated the team working on Star Wars, The Force Unleashed to make a brand-new character, before deciding on Starkillers character, other ideas for the main character included a Han Solo-like smuggler, a superheroic Rebel Wookiee, the last Skywalker and a gadget-wielding mercenary. The developers used feedback from focus test respondents and executives at LucasArts in order to make Starkiller. The developers consciously decided not to him a name in the game. Starkiller was designed as Luke Skywalkers photo-negative, and is named after Annikin Starkiller, the developers tried to avoid making Starkiller too rigidly defined while keeping the character developed. In order to avoid the character being over emotional, they tried to let short pieces of dialogue and they attempted to make Starkiller feel like he would belong in the classic Star Wars trilogy by making his actions faster and more intense. During an interview to Haden Blackman by The Guardian, he claimed that most of the players wanted the character to be ultimately redeemed by the end of the game. Starkiller was voiced by and given the likeness of Samuel Witwer, according to Blackman, the staff were very hard on Witwer when casting him, but claimed he was far above the other candidates and that he was already inhabiting the mind of this character. Blackman noted that Witwer brought new ideas and a sense of humanity to Starkiller, Sam Witwer has said that Starkiller would be a character he wouldnt mind revisiting. During the concepting stages of Star Wars, The Force Unleashed II, Blackman commented that after deciding how to have Starkiller return, he felt it all made sense and fell into place. Developers tried to make The Force Unleashed more personal to Starkiller, according to Witwer, Starkillers characteristics and personality depended on who he was talking to and what circumstances he is in. Witwer called him an interesting guy, speaking of layered characters. Although acting as a villain in the beginning of the first game, Haden Blackman noted that in the first Starkiller was a hunter, while in the second Starkiller is more a fugitive. Matt Filbrandt, one of the producers of The Force Unleashed II, said that the Starkiller in the game is trying to find out who he is. Starkiller debuted in Soulcalibur IV as a fighter, alongside Darth Vader, in Soulcalibur IV he is known as the Apprentice. After Vader sends him to investigate a dimensional rift that seems to be growing, the Apprentice defeats Algol and returns to Vader without either the Soul Edge or the Soul Calibur, due to perceiving them as worthless