On October 30, 2012, Disney announced a deal to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion dollars. After this deal the Star Wars Expanded Universe which created various books, games, etc, to help add more detail to the Star Wars franchise was branded as Non-Canon meaning all of it was not part of Disney's version of the franchise. As of now their have been little counterparts for both the "Legends" and the "Canon" universe's that weren't part of the Star Wars 1-6 Films, or the Clone Wars TV-series. However I am certain that some people have come to follow and even love some of the Star Wars "Legends" characters and the story lines that they are apart of. I wont lie, I myself have come to be intrigued by some of the Non-Canon characters and wish that they would come to Canon.
So with that in mind, I have created a list of some of the most popular "Legends" characters or just reasonable characters that should be brought into the Disney Canon. In addition to the list I have modified the history of the characters to fit into Disney's Canon while maintaining the story line that they have managed to put together. Along with this information I will provide information as to the characters popularity.
Thrawn was the Grand Admiral of his faction of the Galactic Empire around 5 years after the Battle of Endor. He created his own Empire after the deaths of Palpatine and Darth Vader. Thrawn refused to sign the peace treaty between the Imperial Remnants and the New Republic and in turn named his own Empire independent from the other Imperial remnants. He secretly spent five years building his fleet so that when the time was right he would strike at the New Republic.
Thrawn, as well as the Thrawn trilogy, were credited by IGN as the kickstarter of the Expanded Universe. Thrawn's character was believed to help "revitalize and legitmise" the Expanded Universe when it was failing. Due to this, Empire listed him as one of the best more obscure Star Wars characters. GamesRadar's Sam Ashurst called him "hugely popular amongst fans, partly because of his tactical genius, partly because of his progressive attitude to his employees but mainly due to the fact he’s got a blue face" and "easily the coolest villain in the Expanded Universe", noting his loss as one of the major consequences of Disney's dropping the old Expanded Universe for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The character has been on many "top" lists of Star Wars characters, praising his villainy and character. In a list of fifteen Star Wars villains, Jesse Schedeen of IGN placed him as second best, beaten by Darth Vader, focusing on his greatness as a commander and tactician. IGN would similarly call him the tenth best overall Star Wars character, noting his influence in the Expanded Universe, and UGO listed him as the third greatest Expanded Universe character.
Mara Jade was chosen by IGN as the 19th top Star Wars character. IGN's Jesse Schedeen also listed the character as the top 10th Star Wars hero, noting that she "entered the Expanded Universe early, and she's stuck around for so long because she's just a great character". UGO Networks called the character the seventh top Star Wars Expanded Universe character, calling her complex. She sounds like one of the exceptions for fan-demanded characters to return to the Star Wars Canon.
Mara Jade was taken by the Empire shortly after she was born and trained in the ways of the Dark-Side. She was made one of Darth Sidious's Hands due to her skills in battle. After the Emperor died Mara was ordered to kill Luke Skywalker but instead went rogue and became a Smuggler. She would be forced to work alongside Luke Skywalker during the Thrawn campaign where they would grow to respect one another.
Several years after the defeat of Thrawn Mara had become close enough to Luke that the two would fall in love and conceive a daughter they would name Padme Skywalker (Potentially Rey). Mara decided that Padme would be better left with Luke and his Jedi than with her and her company of smuggler's. However Skywalker's New Jedi Order fell apart and Luke believed that their child was dead, after Mara learned of this tragedy Luke went into exile and she lost contact with him.
After some time Luke contacted Mara seeing how he couldn't just leave her grieving their child on her own, and he asked for her help in protecting Force-Sensitive's in reach of the Dark-Side and in finding the First Jedi Temple. In the journey to find the temple, Luke and Mara tried to come to peace with the fact that their child was gone, and also saw that a way to deal with this pain was to help children who couldn't protect themselves from the Dark Side.
To protect the future of the New Jedi Order Mara volunteered to travel off world from time to time so that Luke would be safe and thus be able to continue the Order. During one of her missions Mara would be spotted by the First Order ship the Finalizer. Kylo Ren would recognize the ship as Luke's and ordered it to be captured. Mara managed to escape albeit with her ship heavily damaged.
Mara's ship then crashed at one of the First Jedi Temple's training grounds. Luke then removed his love from the wreckage of the ship, where soon afterwards she would die in his arms. The loss of Mara would drive Luke into a depression which he would not escape from until Rey arrived.
GameDaily's Robert Workman listed Katarn as one of his favourite Star Wars video game characters. IGN placed him as their 22nd top Star Wars character, praising him as "a gamer's reliable blank state," a feature which they felt made him one of the most "human" Star Wars characters. They also stated that Katarn's endearence with fans was because of his "mishmash of quirks and dispositions." In 2009, IGN's Jesse Schedeen argued that the character should not appear in the then upcoming Star Wars live-action TV series, feeling that "Katarn isn't very interesting without his Jedi abilities," and that deeply exploring his past was not really warranted. Schedeen also included Katarn as one of his favourite Star Wars heroes and video game sword masters. In GameSpot's vote for the all-time greatest videogame hero, Katarn was eliminated in round two when he faced Lara Croft, garnering 27.5% of the votes. In round one he defeated Dig Dug, with 67.6% of the votes.
Kyle Katarn was initially a Stormtrooper serving the Galactic Empire. Kyle later defected after learning that his father was murdered by the Empire after standing up to them, and became a mercenary often working for the Rebel Alliance. It was during his time as a Rebel that Kyle discovered his abilities to use the force. Kyle was then sent on many covert missions including one to a Inquisitor training facility where he would find various lightsaber's gathered from the many deceased members of the Jedi Order. Kyle then stole one of these lightsaber's and through the guidance of a Force-Ghost named Qu Rahn, Kyle was trained as a Jedi Knight.
After meeting the fellow Jedi Luke Skywalker, Kyle offered to help him rebuild the Jedi Order and so offered his assistance. Kyle assisted in training the future Knight's of the Order until Kylo Ren lead the Knights of Ren against the New Order. Kyle then worked to get as many Padawan's to safety as possible including Jaden Korr, but he could barely save any of them. After the massacre Luke went into exile and Kyle sent the surviving Padawan's to Leia Organa for protection. Kyle then recieved a message from Qu Rahn of the Knights of Ren trying to gain power through a holy site known as the Valley of the Jedi. Kyle then made it his mission to protect that site from the First Order.
While Supreme Leader Snoke and his Knights of Ren are considered a grave threat for the Jedi, they are not Sith. The Knights of Ren are a personal force of Dark Side agents used by Snoke to enforce his will across the First Order. The Sith however go back thousands of years, with various wars against the Jedi. Something as powerful and ancient as the Sith cannot simply be wiped from the Galaxy after the death of Darth Sidious and Darth Vader.
In the new Canon Darth Krayt is the Ideal Individual to revive the broken Sith Order, in addition to his possible introduction into the new universe his history would need to be modified, but his origins could remain the same seeing as it revolves around the Skywalkers to a great extent. Originally a member of the Jedi Order as the apprentice of Ki-Adi-Mundi known as A'Sharad Hett. Hett would grow to become a Jedi Master and during the course of the Clone Wars become friends with Anakin Skywalker. During Order 66, Hett was one of the few survivors of the massacre and mangaged to escape. Going into hiding on Tatooine, Hett planned retribution for the loss of the Jedi Order and sought to take under his wing the young child Luke as his apprentice. However Obi-Wan Kenobi stood in Hett's way and deemed Luke to young to fight the Empire, which led Hett and Obi-Wan to duel over the fate of the boy. As Obi-Wan gained the upper hand he blinded Hett by using his Lightsaber to scar his left eye. Obi-Wan had won the duel and forced Hett off world, but not before Hett learned Luke's last name was Skywalker the same as his old friend Anakin.
He realized that Luke was Anakins son, afterwards experiencing Force-Visions of Anakin slaying young Jedi and rising to be Darth Vader. Hett blamed himself for not seeing the darkness in Anakin and fell into depression. Hett found himself on Moraband (Homeworld of the Sith), and began to look through the ruins of the ancient Sith Empire. He eventually found ancient Holocrons which contained knowledge on the benefits of the force, and because of his depression Hett was easily seduced by the Dark-Side. Hett would train for several years in the arts of the Sith, and eventually named himself Krayt in honor of the dragons of Tatooine, as well as forged armor based on them. After the Battle of Endor and the deaths of Darth Sidious and Darth Vader, Darth Krayt would appoint himself as the New lord of the Sith. Unlike the previous incarnation, however, Krayt sought to abolish the Rule of Two, Darth Bane's ancient law commanding that there could be only two Sith at any one time—a Master and an apprentice. Instead, he himself would be the Sith Order, under which he would train a countless number of students to become Sith Warriors.
During his mission to bring forth a new breed of Sith, Krayt would hear of a man named Snoke who had also been recruiting Force-Sensitives for use in the Dark-Side. Krayt then approached this Snoke, who revealed his true identity to Krayt, and after negotiation decided that they stood a better chance of ruling the galaxy if they worked together. While Snoke would use his personal force called the Knights of Ren to enforce his rule across the galaxy, Darth Krayt would work to uphold the traditions of the Sith by continuing with his plan and gaining new recruits to be trained on Moraband. Snoke agreed to partner with Krayt, on the condition that neither one trample the other, and that they would be partners in the goal of galactic conquest.
Introduced in Marvel's Star Wars comics as a Dark Jedi who serves a foil for Luke Skywalker after the fall of the Empire. She returns in the Legacy of the Force series, where she trains Jacen Solo in the ways of the Sith and turns him to the dark side of the Force.
Lumiya is another upholder of the Sith ways after being trained by Darth Sidious and Darth Vader to be their Dark Lady of the Sith. She was so committed to their cause that even after their deaths she started her own faction named Lumiya's Sith. She was also equipped with cybernetic technology identical to that of Darth Vader.
A Daughter of Boba Fett
Boba Fett is one of the most popular Star Wars characters. In 2008, Boba Fett was selected by Empire magazine as the 79th greatest movie character of all time, and he is included on Fandomania's list of The 100 Greatest Fictional Characters. IGN ranked Boba Fett as the eighth top Star Wars character, due to his status as a fan-favourite and cult following. So considering the characters popularity it stands to reason that Lucasfilm will introduce the next generation of Fetts to challenge the heroes of the Sequel Trilogy.
In the Expanded Universe, Fett had both a daughter named Ailyn Vel and a Granddaughter named Mirta Gev. For the Canon Universe a daughter of Boba Fett seems more likely than a granddaughter considering Boba's age, which would make him 30 years old around the time of the Battle of Yavin. For his daughter I believe that a combination of the two Legends characters would be the most popular, a character whom I have named Mirta Vel.
In the Canon Universe this modified character would uphold her fathers Mandalorian heritage and wear modified Mandalorian armor. In addition she would work as a Bounty Hunter, having been taught by her father. During one of her jobs, she overhears a new bounty has been placed on the Jedi Luke Skywalker and his new apprentice. Mirta would see this as a opportunity to test her skills in combat against the Jedi and so would go hunting for them. In a series of events, Mirta would be captured by the Resistance and would be inducted as a member.
In the Legends Universe, Mirta Gev was good friends with Jaina Solo (Daughter of Leia Organa Solo and Han Solo). Taking this into account it stands to reason that if this daughter of Boba Fett is inducted into the Resistance she could become a good friend of Rey (Who is speculated to be Luke's Daughter), In addition this would add an additional young female lead. Plus it would give the Resistance a badass Mandalorian warrior on their side, not only that but a Fett.
Which Star Wars Expanded Universe Character would you like to see in the Canon Universe?
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