With The Last Jedi just around the corner, many new characters are being introduced into the mythos. From Kelly Marie Tran, playing Rose Tico, to Benicio del Toro’s unnamed character, speculation is running wild about who these new characters will turn out to be. While Star Wars hits the nail on the head with many of our favourite characters, here are 10 times in the Expanded Universe that they went WAY outside the box:
10: Elise Montagne
Is a love affair between a widow and a suicidal droid odd enough for this list? That’s exactly the side quest you embark on in the first KOTOR, when a desperate woman named Elise begs you to track down her missing droid. You later find the droid trying to provoke wild Kath Hounds in an attempt to kill itself. In Elise’s defence, she is simply trying to replace the void of her dead husband with the robot she has fallen in love with … wait, no, that is still just as weird.
9: Valenthyne Farfalla
Valenthyne Farfalla was a Jedi Master in the Darth Bane trilogy who has a strange focus on vanity and materialism, but what makes him so odd was his ship. When you read the description of Valenthyne’s ship in Darth Bane, you might initially think that you are misreading it. A quick glance at the comics, however, reveals that sure enough, it is actually just a pirate ship in space. For a series that focuses so heavily on the weight of war and brutality of the dark side, the strange vehicle felt extremely out of place.
8: Mister Bones
Here’s the long and short of it: Mister Bones was an old battle droid in the Aftermath books who was re-purposed by a kid to cut people apart with knives. The droid laughs and asks, “Am I doing well master?!” while he does it, and to make matters worse, he is covered in paint and has real bones all over his body. While Mister Bones is terrifying, the Aftermath books wouldn’t be the same without him.
If you can’t tell by the name, Anacondan is a snake, but not just any snake … a wise-cracking, English-speaking, Sith Lord side-kick snake. He appears in an episode of The Clone Wars animated series where Savage Opress searches for Darth Maul on the trash planet Lotho Minor. While the Clone Wars series was great at making the Star Wars universe so much bigger, they may have gone too far with this one.
6: Master Thon
The early stories of the Expanded Universe were amazing, and very ahead of their time, but some story elements from this period tend to show off that they didn’t fully have all the details worked out. Master Thon was a member of an intelligent species known as the Tchuukthai, which resemble Triceratops with beards. The point of his design may have been to mimic the effect Yoda had in Empire Strikes Back, showing that the Force can reside anywhere, but he is not how we typically picture Jedi Masters to be. While we currently have characters such as Bendu in Rebels, Thon still sticks out for his time.
5: Mount Sorrow
It is hard to put Mount Sorrow on this list because it almost doesn’t seem fair, but here we go. Mount Sorrow was literally a sad mountain from the short-lived Ewoks stand alone comic series (which played much more like a Saturday morning cartoon than a Star Wars story). The jist of it is, one of the Ewoks catches an ailment that causes him to laugh uncontrollably after touching a “Loonee bird.” The Ewoks must then travel to Mount Sorrow, a giant sentient mountain with a face, and use the mountain’s tears to cure their friend … you know, that classic tale. While it’s easy to make fun of, this comic sure does remind us how good we have it in the Star Wars universe these days.
You know anything from the legendary Star Wars Holiday Special is going to be a doozy! Gormaanda is a four-armed woman, played by Harvey Korman, who can be seen on TV while the Wookiee mother was preparing dinner and watching her cooking show. While most people would love to remove the Holiday Special from their memory, I must admit that while cooking I sometimes inadvertently find myself muttering, “Stir, whip, stir, whip, beat, beat, stir!”
3: Commander Karbin
Commander Karbin was a cyborg super weapon from the new canon Darth Vader comics developed to replace Darth Vader. While Commander Karbin isn’t too odd of a character himself, it’s his looks that landed him on this list. Imagine if Admiral Ackbar accidentally took home General Grievous’ dry cleaning … basically a light saber-wielding spider robot with a Mon Calamari head. Why they chose the oddest-looking alien head in the Star Wars saga, no one knows, but his excellent combat skills more than make up for it.
Once a mortal woman who after drinking of a forbidden fountain and bathing in a forbidden pool, she then transforms into Abeloth. Let me start off by saying that Abeloth is amazing, but she definitely feels more like a horror movie monster than a Star Wars villain. She is first seen in connection with The Father, The Son, and The Daughter (force-wielding celestials who appear in the Mortis Storyline in the Clone Wars). She was known as “The Servant” or “The Mother” and tries to keep peace between them. After using the forbidden water, she transforms herself completely into Abeloth, her body constantly changing shapes, her mouth twisting into a large unnatural smile and her power in the force soaring to terrifying levels. Still following me? She is then locked away for centuries until she tries to escape and starts an all-out war with Luke and his new Jedi Order. Luke even has to form an alliance with the Sith to fight her off. While I would love to see Abeloth appear in a future project, her first appearances felt more like it was directed by Ridley Scott … which would actually make a great anthology film.
1: R5-D4 or “Skippy”
Last on our list is one small droid who shows that anything can happen in the Expanded Universe. R5-D4 is the red droid from A New Hope who starts to smoke and triggers the famous line, “He’s got a bad motivator.” Well, what if I told you that he blew up on purpose? In his very own comic known as “Skippy the Jedi Droid,” it is revealed that R5 is a force-sensitive droid who would use the force to keep drinks from falling off his tray at Jabba’s palace. Skippy’s story comes to an end when he gets purchased by Uncle Owen, but sees visions of what would happen if R2-D2 couldn’t get Leia’s message to Luke, and decides to sacrifice himself for the greater good of the cosmos. So any fan of the original trilogy really only has one hero to thank, Skippy the Jedi Droid.
Who is your favourite odd Star Wars character? And who do you think might go down that weird rabbit hole in up-coming Star Wars instalments? Let us know in the comments and share any other odd characters we may have missed.
As always, MTFBWY!
By Tyler Bucks, editor.