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Now, I'm sure I'm not the first Star Wars fan to make a wish list of stories I'd like to see. In fact, a lot of these characters have been covered in the old extended universe (now Star Wars Legends), but I'd like to see some fully canon material — films or otherwise — created for great characters.

5. Mace Windu

As you probably guessed by my choice of header picture, I'd like to know a little more about the enigmatic . For a character that was of huge significance in the prequels, we know next to nothing about him. It certainly seems there is more to him than just being a senior Jedi figure.

The confrontation with Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith showed a ruthless streak to Mace Windu. He often came across far less philosophical than Yoda. This more cavalier streak could be explored in one form or another — did he develop it during his training? During a particular encounter? It's also an excuse to get Samuel L. Jackson involved in Star Wars again, if is wearing its business hat they'd unlikely turn that down.

4. Qui-Gon Jinn

Much like Mace Windu, Qui-Gon Jinn is major Star Wars character that we didn't get to learn an awful lot about. Considering he's the guy that discovered Anakin Skywalker and wanted to train him against the Jedi's wishes, this suggested rebellious nature would provide some engrossing storylines.

'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace' [Credit: Lucasfilm]
'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace' [Credit: Lucasfilm]

A reasonable amount was mentioned about Qui-Gon's past throughout the prequels — perhaps most significantly that he was Count Dooku's padawan. A backstory about the kind of training received under the tutelage of Dooku would provide fascinating insight into not only Qui-Gon's rebellious streak, but Dooku's own conversion to the dark side. Or they could just make Taken with Star Wars, I'd probably watch either.

3. Darth Bane

Darth Bane is a character that will likely be unfamiliar to the more casual Star Wars fans, but within Star Wars Legends material he is of notable significance. In fan-written material, he is the Sith Lord that started the "Rule of Two" that the Sith would live by. Given that in The Force Awakens Luke Skywalker goes looking for the first Jedi Temple, some more detailed backstory about the Sith order would provide some interesting comparisons of the development of the rival factions.

'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' [Credit: Warner Bros. Television Distribution]
'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' [Credit: Warner Bros. Television Distribution]

Darth Bane has appeared in canon Star Wars material, albeit briefly, during an episode of The Clone Wars, so we already have the character "officially" established. Perhaps the best route to reintroduce Darth Bane's origin would be in novel form, much like Disney are doing with Thrawn, another popular extended universe character.

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2. Yoda

For a character so essential to the entire Star Wars saga, has always seemed a little one dimensional. Whether you consider him wise and philosophical, or old fashioned and dogmatic is up for debate. Without more knowledge about his past, it's difficult to make a judgement on whether nearly a millennia of experience was an advantage or a barrier to the Jedi's survival.

'Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back' [Credit: Lucasfilm]
'Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back' [Credit: Lucasfilm]

Seeing the formative moments of Yoda's dedication to the ideals of the Jedi would paint a picture of how he missed the secretive posturing of Palpatine's master plan. Most significantly though, with a character that is 900 years old you've no shortage of potential stories, especially when developing a character as intriguing as he is.

1. Emperor Palpatine

I've already mentioned Palpatine in connection with various characters, but I've always been curious about how he became the ultimate bad guy. We've heard some allusions to his past with the tale of Darth Plagueis in Revenge of the Sith, but I'm more interested in his journey to even wanting to be the most feared being in the galaxy. Surely a character with purely evil tendencies must've had an eventful upbringing. Perhaps some truly "dark" Star Wars material could be produced to flesh out the character and his motivations.

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi' [Credit: Lucasfilm]
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi' [Credit: Lucasfilm]

I'm also interested in his fascination with wanting to find an ultimate apprentice in Vader. For someone who was hell-bent on creating an all-powerful dictatorship empire, having any kind of voluntary threat to his position seems out of place. Was there some sense of compassion he felt towards Vader? Or, was he just a project for his arrogance?

Normally these kind of wish lists are nothing more than fantasy scenarios for fans to speculate over. However, with the way Disney has been treating the Star Wars franchise so far, more detailed material about these characters doesn't seem so unlikely. Maybe we'll finally get to see some official canon backstories to some fan favorites.

Who would you like to know more about in the Star Wars universe? Let me know in the comments.


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