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5 Characters We Want To See More Of (& 5 Fans Have Had Enough Of)


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The Star Wars universe is populated with some of the most beloved characters ever created, from Luke Skywalker to Darth Vader, Yoda to Chewbacca. But unfortunately, it’s so vast that it’s also populated with some of the most hated characters ever created, like the infamous Jar Jar Binks.

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There are some characters that Star Wars fans could never get enough of. Obi-Wan Kenobi appeared in all six movies in the core saga, but fans are still excited to see his spin-off series on Disney+. However, there are other characters — mostly from the sequel trilogy — that they’ve already had enough of.

10 Want To See More Of: Rose Tico

Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico

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After J.J. Abrams named the casting of Kelly Marie Tran as the thing that Rian Johnson brought to Star Wars that he was most grateful for, he only featured her character, Rose Tico, on-screen in The Rise of Skywalker for collectively about a minute and she was basically a background character.

As an everywoman who loses her sister in a battle with the First Order and eventually becomes a key figure in the Resistance, there’s a lot more of Rose’s character to explore. Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has already thrown his hat in the ring to helm a Rose spin-off for Disney+.

9 Had Enough Of: Ben Solo

Kylo Ren in The Rise of Skywalker

There have been persistent rumors about a spin-off following young Ben Solo through the destruction of Luke’s Jedi academy and the rise of the First Order, but this would just dwell on the most inconsistent, uncharacteristic chapter of the Star Wars timeline.

It might be interesting to see how Ben recruited the Knights of Ren to flesh them out more than The Rise of Skywalker’s cool crane shots did, but Ben got plenty of screen time in the sequel trilogy and he doesn’t ring true as Han and Leia’s son at all.

8 Want To See More Of: Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano

A live-action incarnation of Ahsoka Tano played by Rosario Dawson is set to appear in the currently-airing second season of The Mandalorian, with the rumor mill suggesting that a spin-off is right around the corner.

Although she had a perfect character arc across the seven seasons of The Clone Wars, Ahsoka’s story is far from over. She’s one of the Star Wars universe’s most beloved characters. Fans can’t get enough of her.

7 Had Enough Of: Rey

Rey in The Rise of Skywalker

Daisy Ridley was given the most material to work with out of the entire sequel trilogy cast. Unfortunately for her, just like everybody else’s material, it was really muddled and disjointed and constantly being changed. J.J. Abrams didn’t decide who Rey was in The Force Awakens, Rian Johnson decided she was a nobody in The Last Jedi, and then Abrams decided she was a Palpatine who identifies as a Skywalker in The Rise of Skywalker.

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In the final moments of The Rise of Skywalker, Rey sets off for a bright future that could see her train the next generation of Jedi, but at the tail end of her confused, labored character arc, the continued adventures of Rey just don’t sound that appealing.

6 Want To See More Of: Mace Windu

Samuel L Jackson as Mace Windu

Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, Samuel L. Jackson has been speaking out about his enthusiasm to return to the role of Mace Windu. George Lucas’ revelation that Windu survived being hit with Force lightning and flung out of a window in Revenge of the Sith confirmed that the character’s arc is not yet complete.

It could be interesting to do a Heart of Darkness-esque storyline in which the Empire recruits a young Boba Fett to track down his father’s killer and the bounty hunter travels through the galaxy and finds a grizzled, badly scarred, older Windu living in isolation somewhere.

5 Had Enough Of: General Hux

General Hux

Showing off the wide range of his talents in About Time, Ex Machina, and The Revenant, Domhnall Gleeson has more than proven that he isn’t a bad actor. But he was given a pretty terrible character to play in the Star Wars sequels. In the opening scene of The Last Jedi, he’s the butt of a “your mother” joke.

General Hux was the kind of snarling Imperial villain who would only be given a couple of minutes of screentime in the original trilogy. In the sequel trilogy, though, since the main villain posed basically no threat, Hux was forced to be the primary bad guy in a lot of scenes.

4 Want To See More Of: Young Lando Calrissian

Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

On the whole, Solo: A Star Wars Story is a mixed bag. The reshoots are obvious, with the tone flip-flopping all over the place, while the movie’s characterization of Han as a generic blockbuster hero betrays the fact that it’s an origin story for a scoundrel.

But there is one shining light throughout the movie: Donald Glover’s engrossing performance as a young Lando Calrissian. The box office failure of Solo might have cost it a direct sequel, but Glover’s incarnation of Lando deserves his own spin-off.

3 Had Enough Of: Young Han Solo

Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo

While Donald Glover stole all of his scenes in Solo: A Star Wars Story, the actor he stole them from didn’t fare so well. For all intents and purposes, Alden Ehrenreich did a fine job of playing young Han Solo. He managed to recapture Ford’s cool swagger with more than just a shallow impression.

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There was nothing wrong with Ehrenreich’s performance. There’s just the simple matter that no one besides Harrison Ford can play this role. Ford is Han Solo.

2 Want To See More Of: Finn

Finn in The Force Awakens

John Boyega got seriously shortchanged after his character Finn was set up as the main character on par with Rey in The Force Awakens. While Rey went on to enjoy the spotlight for two more movies, Finn was crammed into the Star Wars saga’s most unnecessary subplot in The Last Jedi and reduced to shouting Rey’s name in The Rise of Skywalker.

According to J.J. Abrams, the thing that Finn wants to tell Rey throughout The Rise of Skywalker (that he never even gets to tell her) is that he’s Force-sensitive. The sequel trilogy didn’t adequately explore Finn’s Force sensitivity or his guilt over being previously affiliated with the First Order. He’s a great character and it still feels like his story hasn’t been told.

1 Had Enough Of: Emperor Palpatine

Emperor Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker

Ian McDiarmid’s performance as Emperor Palpatine was a joy as usual in The Rise of Skywalker, but bringing him back was a pretty desperate move. Palpatine’s barely explained resurrection negated the victory at the end of Return of the Jedi and made Darth Vader’s triumphant redemption feel moot.

It’s time this character was finally laid to rest. If he’s brought back again just to put him in a worthier final battle than the jumbled spectacle in the dreary skies of Exegol in The Rise of Skywalker, then it’ll just mean more diminishing returns.

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