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Underrated Star Wars Characters That Deserve Their Own Shows

There's no shortage of new Star Wars content hitting Disney+, with Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi becoming the latest characters to get their own series. But the SW universe is huge, and these underrated characters deserve their own spotlights!
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Obi-Wan Kenobi and Boba Fett are the latest Star Wars characters to get their own Disney+ series. The Book of Boba Fett will hit the streaming service in December 2021, with Obi-Wan Kenobi following closely after in January 2022.

To say I’m excited is an understatement.

At the same time, it’s left me thinking about some of the other great characters from within the Star Wars universe. Because the galaxy far, far away is just so big, there are infinite possibilities for new Star Wars content. There could be room for some minor — but very interesting and important — characters to get a deeper dive.

Captain Phasma

Captain Phasma vs Finn
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I can’t be the only one who was disappointed at Captain Phasma’s screen time in the sequel trilogy. It felt like she never got her due with such a minimal role, especially after all that hype prior to the release of The Force Awakens. It was a huge waste of Gwendoline Christie (an amazing casting choice), and a huge waste of a seriously cool character.

Clad in armor made of salvaged chromium, she’s got a long, sordid past that would be immensely fun to explore. We know her as the tough veteran commander of the First Order’s legions of stormtroopers. But she also betrayed the First Order on Starkiller Base. She takes pleasure in her cruelty, and she’s the only female stormtrooper of rank. How did she get there? Who was she before the mirrored helmet?

Bail Organa

Bail Organa and Padme Amidala
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Bail Organa adopted Princess Leia and helped shape her into the fierce and capable commander she eventually grew up to be. Just raising Anakin Skywalker’s daughter was an extremely risky move that could have resulted in his death.

However, there’s much more to Bail Organa than just being Leia’s adoptive father. He’s one of the unsung heroes of the Star Wars universe. As a politician that represented Alderaan in the Senate of the Galactic Republic, Bail was a close friend of Padmé Amidala and became one of the founding members of the Rebel Alliance. During Order 66, Bail remained loyal to the Jedi and the Republic. He even personally helped Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi survive and reach safety in exile.

Bossk

Bossk the bounty hunter
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Using his natural Trandoshan hunting instincts, Bossk is one of the galaxy’s most feared and infamous bounty hunters. He’s not in it for vendetta or politics–he just likes getting paid. It should come as no surprise, though, considering he was born to the leader of the Bounty Hunters’ Guild. He later takes a young Boba Fett under his wing during the Clone Wars and even tries to help Fett get revenge on Mace Windu.

He gets minimal screen time in The Empire Strikes Back; he’s among the group of bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader to track down Han Solo and Chewbacca. Bossk plays a bigger role in The Clone Wars, but it’d be pretty cool to explore this fearsome bounty hunter in a live-action series.

Qui-Gon Jinn

Qui-Gon Jinn
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Qui-Gon Jinn learned the ways of the Force as the Padawan of Jedi Master Dooku–yes, that Dooku. He goes on to take Obi-Wan Kenobi as an apprentice. He later rescues young Anakin Skywalker from slavery. Viewed as something of a rogue, he never really seemed to have the trust of Council members Yoda and Mace Windu. He even chose to reject a seat on the Jedi Council.

Although Qui-Gon Jinn plays a pivotal role in the Star Wars universe, there’s still plenty that we do not know about him. The rogue Jedi Master is clearly an interesting enough character to carry his own series.

Poggle the Lesser

Poggle the Lesser with Dooku
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It’s easy to forget just how significant Poggle the Lesser is in the Star Wars universe. Archduke of the Geonosians, he controlled Geonosian battle droid factories. The warlord commanded droid armies that fought against the Republic and became a powerful figure within the Confederacy of Independent Systems. He was also recruited to design the ultimate battle station that could destroy entire planets–aka the Death Star.

That’s a lot of significant contributions to the Star Wars universe for a character that seemingly just disappears. As a member of the Separatist Council, he was executed by Darth Vader on Mustafar at the end of the Clone Wars. But there’s plenty to explore before Poggle met his untimely demise.

Yaddle

Yaddle
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Only appearing in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace for a brief time, Yaddle is the same mysterious species as Master Yoda and that adorable baby Grogu. She was a member of the Jedi High Council when Qui-Gon Jinn brought young Anakin Skywalker to the Jedi Temple but was no longer a member of the Council by the time of the Clone Wars.

Although we know she possessed great wisdom, patience, and kindness, there is little else known about her–probably because she was created for The Phantom Menace and then never reappeared. I would definitely be interested to see more of Yaddle, and with a plethora of new Disney+ shows getting made, there’s plenty of opportunities.

Barriss Offee

Barriss Offee
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Barriss Offee first appeared on screen in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. She also later saw plenty of screen time during Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The Mirialan apprentice grew up in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and was very close with Ahsoka Tano. She rescued Padmé Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker. She fought in the Battle of Geonosis. And she was one of the most powerful Force users in the entire galaxy.

Despite all that, she became disillusioned with the Jedi. Barris later carried out a bombing attack on the Jedi Temple and framed Ahsoka for the deed. Even though Anakin figured out Barriss was behind the attacks, Ahsoka ended up leaving the Jedi Order for good after the whole ordeal. Her betrayal also helps pave the way for the Order’s eventual fall.

To say that Barriss Offee deserves her own Disney+ series would be an understatement.

Wedge Antilles

Wedge Antilles
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Everyone remembers Wedge Antilles, right? He’s a member of Rogue Squadron, and he’s also that X-Wing pilot who stands next to Luke Skywalker. He’s probably one of the best pilots to serve in the Rebellion, other than Luke He played pivotal roles in some of the Rebellion’s most important battles.

But for someone who saw so much action in the Star Wars universe, he’s surprisingly underdeveloped. A deep dive into where he came from (he was originally a pilot who was recruited by the Empire before defecting) would make for a great Disney+ series.

Migs Mayfeld

Migs Mayfeld in The Mandalorian
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I’m pretty sure that everyone watching The Mandalorian liked Migs Mayfeld, right? His performance in an episode of season 1 went so well that he made another appearance in season 2.  This former Imperial Army sharpshooter is good in a fight and, unsurprisingly, an excellent marksman.

Will we see him in season 3 of The Mandalorian? We still don’t know. But his history, going from Imperial sharpshooter to outlaw to Mando’s ally, could make for an entertaining spin-off series. We already caught a glimpse of his psychological torment, his remorse for his time with the Empire, and the PTSD he’s been left with.

Darth Maul

Darth Maul
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Darth Maul had all the makings to become a really cool villain in the Star Wars universe. The Zabrak from Dathomir had a demonic appearance, he wielded a double-bladed lightsaber, he was vicious and agile in battle. Fans were ready for this magnificent villain, who was a huge part of marketing for The Phantom Menace.

…And then we were all left holding our bags of popcorn as George Lucas killed him. Just like that, he was cut in half by Obi-Wan and sent tumbling down a reactor shaft.

Luckily, he was brought back, having survived on sheer hatred of Obi-Wan. We’ve seen Maul pop back up again in the sequel trilogy, Rebels, and The Clone Wars. Even still, there is so much to be explored with this mysterious, menacing villain whose original screen time was cut (literally) too short.