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Characters: The Force Unleashed
As the details for The Force Unleashed differ for each form of media it is presented in, this guide mostly uses the novel and the PS3 versions. However, some characters exclusive to other consoles are considered canon, and will be described. A lot of this information is All There in the Manual or according to Word of God.
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Starkiller / Galen Marek

Voiced by: Sam Witwer

"He is no Jedi. A Jedi controls his emotions and his powers. But Starkiller... he does not know restraint. He will bring down an entire Star Destroyer on your head, if that is what it takes to kill you."
Juno Eclipse, after being captured by Boba Fett, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II comic

Born Galen Marek on the Wookie homeworld of Kashyyyk, he was found and adopted by Darth Vader as a small child, after Vader had murdered his father. All his life, he was trained as Vader's secret apprentice, Starkiller. He is Vader's personal assassin, his identity kept secret from all in The Empire. According to Vader, all his training and missions are to prepare him for his greatest task, to destroy Emperor Palpatine, so Vader and Starkiller can rule the galaxy as Master and Apprentice, the way the Rule of Two dictates.

  • Abusive Parental Substitute: He was raised by Darth Vader, and his childhood consisted almost entirely of Sith training. This is pretty much a given.
  • The Ace/The Gift/Born Winner: His first sign of greatness? Stealing Darth Vader's lightsaber with The Force, as a small child. He also somehow learns how to use Force lightning, despite Vader being unable to demonstrate it due to his mechanical body.
  • Achilles' Heel: In the sequel, Darth Vader considers Juno this for Starkiller.
    Vader: Rise above this. She means nothing!
  • Action Genre Hero Guy
  • Always Save the Girl: He disobeys a direct order from Vader to "sever all ties to his past" and rescues Juno from the Empirical.
    • Lampshaded by Kota in the sequel, as Starkiller's main motivation is to rescue Juno.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He was given no formal lightsaber training by Vader. The reason why he's a Master Swordsman was that he observed and reverse-engineered Vader and PROXY's moves... while struggling to survive them during his Training from Hell.
  • Back from the Dead: Twice, the first time when Vader resuscitates him after impaling him and throwing him out the airlock on Sidious' orders. The second time is when he is cloned, and one clone decides to carry on his legacy.
  • Badass
  • Bad Powers, Good People: In the sequel he still can use lightning and his use of Jedi Mind Trick borders dangerously close to Mind Rape, considering that he uses it to make mooks attack each other or even commit suicide. Despite all of this, he has still turned away from the dark side and is dead set against going back.
  • Battle Aura: While using Force Fury.
  • Becoming the Mask: Vader has him impersonate a Jedi, gather enemies of The Empire, and form an army to oppose The Emperor, but Starkiller gets into his role a little too well.
  • Been There, Shaped History: He seems to be present at a lot of really large events in Star Wars canon as well as rubbing elbows with a lot of really important and fan favorite characters.
  • Brown Eyes: When he's not Sithing out like in the picture above, he usually has Sam Witwer's big puppy dog eyes.
  • Cannot Spit It Out:
    Juno: Why did you defy your Master to rescue me?
    Starkiller: I needed someone to fly the ship!
    Juno: We both know that's not true.
  • Chewing the Scenery: He has a few moments of this in the second game.
  • Child Soldier: Was taken in by Darth Vader and raised as his Sith Apprentice.
  • Cloning Blues: In the sequel Vader clones him, but only two of them turn out successfully: the playable character and the Dark Apprentice.
  • Code Name: His real name is Galen Marek but he usually goes by Starkiller.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Especially in The Ultimate Sith Edition.
  • Covered with Scars: Sith training is rough.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Usually in his interactions with Kota.
    (kicking a dozing and hungover Kota, waking him up)
    Starkiller: I was beginning to worry that you'd died in your sleep.
    Kota: I'm starting to wish that I had.
  • Determinator: His steely resolve to find Juno at any cost in the sequel certainly makes him this. It's pretty much the direct opposite of his hesitant and conflicted attitude in the first game.
    • In the second novel, he's dead set against using the Dark Side to help him if only because he knows if he does he'll become Vader's slave again.
  • Doomed by Canon/Too Cool to Live: If there was a super powerful Jedi running around post A New Hope, we probably would have heard about it.
  • The Dragon: Starts as this to Vader.
  • Dual Wielding: In the sequel he wields two lightsabers.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Starkiller appeared in Soul Calibur IV as a Guest Fighter before the release of The Force Unleashed.
  • Everyone Calls Him The Apprentice: At least in the first game, not so much in the second.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's what Luke Skywalker would have been if he had joined or been raised by Vader. He also has one in the form of the Dark Apprentice, another clone successfully turned to the Dark Side by Vader.
    • Good Counterpart: Let's see: a person found as a child to be incredibly powerful in The Force, forced to leave his home behind and subjected to rigorous training and pressure, has a droid as a companion, driven by a love for a non-Force sensitive but extremely beautiful Action Girl... yes, he's Anakin Skywalker if he hadn't been ruled by hubris, hate, and ambition.
  • Fate Worse than Death: In the non-canonical Dark Side ending, he kills Darth Vader, but Palpatine drops The Rogue Shadow on him, then rebuilds him as a cyborg, forced to do his bidding like Vader once did.
  • The Fettered: Especially in the second game.
  • Genetic Memory: His clones got all his memories.
  • Genre Savvy: The novelization of the second game makes a point that while Starkiller's purpose is still to Always Save the Girl no matter what, he is careful to avoid falling onto The Dark Side, as Juno most likely would not want to remain with the monster it would make of him.
  • Heel-Face Turn
  • Hero Killer: In the first game.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the canonical Light Side Ending, he rescues the Rebel Alliance, but is apparently killed while holding Vader and Palpatine off to buy the rebels time to escape.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Hunting Jedi for the first half of the game.
  • I'll Kill You!: After Vader seemingly kills Juno in the sequel.
  • Implacable Man: Nothing short of his own death will stop Starkiller from achieving his goals.
  • Improvised Weapons: With his powers, he could turn a paperclip into a deadly weapon.
  • In a Single Bound
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Modeled after his voice actor, Sam Witwer.
  • In the Hood: His Jedi outfit at the end of the game.
    • His evil clone, the Dark Apprentice, wears this too.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: A gambit he pulls in the novelization of the sequel. In the final battle, he has an epiphany and allows Vader to disarm him. Vader puts his lightsaber to his throat and declares victory. Starkiller then blasts Vader with Force Lightning at point-blank range.
  • Jedi Mind Trick
  • Laser Blade
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Limit Break/Super Mode: Force Fury in the second game. Normally, it only lasts about 20 seconds, but it lasts indefinitely in the Final Battle, which is understandable as it runs on Unstoppable Rage and Starkiller is pissed that Darth Vader pushed Juno out a window and seemingly killed her.
  • Love at First Sight: Upon seeing Juno for the first time, though it takes him a while to understand his feelings.
  • Love Redeems: As is typical for Star Wars.
  • Made of Iron
  • Master Swordsman
  • Meteor Move
  • Mind over Matter: Move a Star Destroyer? No problem.
  • Mundane Utility/When All You Have Is The Force: He can solve nearly any obstacle with the Force.
  • Mythology Gag: Starkiller was originally meant to be Luke Skywalker's last name.
  • Neck Lift: The Force Choke.
  • Neck Snap: The Reaction Command to kill a Shadow Guard (done with his bare hands).
  • Not So Different: Starkiller actually states this to Vader during their final fight in the novelization, regarding being used and enslaved by the Emperor, and likewise expressed pity on Vader for not breaking free.
  • One-Man Army/Person of Mass Destruction: He pulls Star Destroyers out of the sky. We rest our case.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner
    Juno: They're fortifying all positions to try to keep you out.
    Starkiller: Let them try...
    • And in the sequel...
      Darth Vader: This is your last chance.
      Starkiller: I make my own chances.
  • Raised By Sith
  • Redemption Equals Death: In the canonical Light Side ending of the first game, he pulls off a Heroic Sacrifice to buy time for Rahm Kota, Bail Organa, and the other rebel leaders to escape from Palpatine and Vader.
  • Reverse Grip: His standard stance. While he has studied all seven forms of lightsaber combat, he favors the Shien style.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: The "heavy" variant of his training robes (pictured above) includes one of these, which he wraps around his neck and lower head to protect himself from the environment on Raxas Prime, draping the excess down his back.
  • Shock and Awe: Due to his Sith training he uses Force Lighting rather liberally.
  • Sphere of Destruction: Force Repulse.
  • Talking to Himself: Sam Witwer also voiced Emperor Palpatine.
  • That Man Is Dead: When he officially turns to the Light Side, he tells Juno his real name.
    • In the novel for the sequel, this is his reaction to Kota calling him Galen. Rather more literal in this case; Starkiller believes that he's a clone, and that the original Galen Marek is dead.
  • Too Many Belts: Some of his outfits in the first game.
    • The training gear he starts off with has no fewer than five belts.
  • Training from Hell: Being raised by Darth Vader, or any Sith, is not good for your childhood.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works
  • Tsundere: Can be considered something of a type A towards Juno, seeing as how he attempted to act tough and aloof towards her during their first conversation.
  • Tyke Bomb
  • Unwitting Pawn: Vader may have never planned to destroy the Emperor, and even if he did, he certainly would not have let Starkiller help. Starkiller's true purpose was to gather the rebels in one place so they could all be arrested in one move.
  • Up to Eleven: The feats he can do with The Force are incredible even by Star Wars standards.
  • Villain Protagonist: Starts out as one.
  • Would Hit a Girl
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Starkiller blends Lightside and Darkside techniques in battle, like an unrefined version of Vaapad.
  • You Have Failed Me: In The Ultimate Sith Edition, he pulls this on the incompetent Captain Keenah, Force Choking him to death over the radio.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: In the novel for the sequel, Vader tries to convince him to team up against Emperor Palpatine and Starkiller gets exasperated that Vader would try that after betraying him so many times and hurting Juno.

Juno Eclipse

Voiced by: Nathalie Cox

PROXY: Captain Juno Eclipse. Born on Corulag, where she became the youngest student ever accepted into the Imperial Academy. Decorated combat pilot with over one hundred combat missions and commanding officer during the Bombing of Callos. Handpicked by Lord Vader to lead his Black Eight Squadron, but later reassigned to a top-secret project—
Juno: Is there a psychological profile in there, too?
PROXY: Actually, yes, but it's restricted.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Born on Corulag, Juno was raised to believe The Empire's propaganda of Palpatine's rule being benevolent and of the Jedi being evil traitors. She is one of the youngest cadets in The Empire's history, being accepted at age 14. After graduating, she rose through the ranks in the Imperial fleet, until joining the Black Eight Squadron, Darth Vader's personal elite unit of TIE fighters. Recently she was reassigned to a top-secret mission: to be Starkiller's personal pilot for his ship, The Rogue Shadow.

  • Ace Pilot
  • Action Girl: Juno gets to do some covert ops work for the Alliance and knock Boba Fett on his ass in the novel of the sequel.
    • She pulls a Shut Up, Hannibal! on Darth Vader by attacking him with Starkiller's lightsaber. Also survives fifty meter falls with nary a scratch to be able to pilot a ship scant hours later.
  • Anti-Villain: Type I at first.
  • Badass
    (to Boba Fett) "He is no Jedi. A Jedi controls his emotions and his powers. But Starkiller... he knows no restraint. He will bring an entire Star Destroyer on your head, if that's what it takes to kill you."
    (to Boba Fett) "Your contract with Vader will last only as long as it serves The Empire. Eventually, you will be an outlaw too. And then, Vader will be hunting you."
  • Been There, Shaped History: Much like Starkiller, she's present at important events and is with key players in the Rebel Alliance. Other material states that she helped recruit Admiral Ackbar into the Alliance.
  • The Captain: Though she holds the rank in the first game, she actually has a crew who listens to her as the boss in the second.
  • Child Soldier
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets jealous when Starkiller's battle against Maris Brood is described to her by Bail Organa, mainly because Maris is an attractive girl.
  • Cool Ship: She is the principal pilot for The Rogue Shadow and by the end of the game she pretty much owns it.
    • The frigate Salvation in the sequel.
  • Dark Chick: Starts out as an Imperial fighter pilot loyal to the Empire and willing to help Starkiller in his goals to exterminate Jedi.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Close to it when she kisses him after he tells her she probably won't see him again.
  • Distressed Damsel: Starkiller rescues her from imprisonment on the Empirical.
    • In the sequel, Boba Fett is hired to kidnap her and lure Starkiller into a trap.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Can't really blame her given that in exchange for her life long service of unwavering loyalty, the Empire brands her a traitor only because she followed orders.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Modeled after her voice actress, Nathalie Cox.
  • Love Interest: For Starkiller. She was most likely the first woman he met who wasn't an assassination target.
  • The Mourning After: After Starkiller's death, Juno finds herself unable to move on.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Rare dramatic example at first.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • My Greatest Failure: The bombing of Callos, as noted below.
  • Mythology Gag: Juno Eclipse was originally meant to be Asajj Ventress' name.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Gives one to Starkiller before his final mission, to rescue the Rebel Alliance from the Death Star.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: While in the Black Eight Squadron, she bombed Callos under Vader's orders, and ended up wiping out all life on the planet.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: See Action Girl.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Shares the task of guiding Starkiller with PROXY.
  • Well Done Daughter Girl: Her years of service to the Empire were all to get her Jerkass father (an Empire and Palpatine fanboy) to be proud of her. It didn't work, and he never even showed up to her graduation ceremony. After that, she finally he realized he wasn't worth it and thought no more of him.
  • Wrench Wench

PROXY

Voiced by: David W. Collins

"I had hoped using an older training module would catch you off guard and allow me to finally kill you. I'm sorry I failed you again, Master."
PROXY, on being defeated by Starkiller after using his Obi-Wan module

A droid Vader gave to Starkiller as a training aid/assistant. Helping Starkiller is only his secondary directive; as Vader is the master of giving Training from Hell, his objective is to kill Starkiller. Every once in a while, he ambushes Starkiller, only stopping if Starkiller lands a death blow. It is explained in the novel that his usual reasons for ambushing the Apprentice are to help Galen blow off steam when he's upset since There Are No Therapists. It is also briefly mentioned that PROXY is the one who raised Galen after the boy had been kidnapped from his home by Vader.

PROXY can use holographic technology to imitate nearly any being, and uses this to impersonate Sith Lords and Jedi Knights while dueling Starkiller, give information on assassination targets, or relay messages from people.

  • Adorkable
  • All Your Powers Combined: The fighting styles of many Sith Lords and Jedi Knights are at his disposal. He can also imitate telekinesis with clever tractor beam and repulsor technology.
  • Anti-Villain: Type III, to hilarious results. He's a combination of C-3PO and HK-47.
  • Badass
    • Badass Adorable: Effectively an innocent child who treats battle like a game and is too naive to understand what "death" means.
  • Battle Butler: To Starkiller on occasions.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In the novel, as well as some versions of the game, PROXY patches into The Core, a computer intelligence that runs the junkyard planet they were on. The Core retaliates and takes over PROXY making him attack Juno.
  • Freudian Slip: PROXY's holograph malfunctions in the novel of the sequel could be considered this.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After his primary programing was fried, PROXY took it upon himself to distract Darth Vader long enough for Galen to get away with his life after being betrayed by the Sith Lord. He is eventually rebuilt in the sequel.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Saves one fighting module for last: Darth Maul.
    "I have one module you've never seen. An enemy I've stored for years."
  • Laser Blade: A lot of them.
  • Master Swordsman
  • Nice Guy: Being not programmed to understand the consequences or even the concept of death, he is a truly sweet fellow who loves his friends dearly even when following his primary directive to kill them.
  • Obliviously Evil: Though it's hinted many times in the novel that PROXY has a genuine fondness for Starkiller (and later Juno too), he still falls under this category because he really is trying to kill Galen every time they fight.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: PROXY is the principal source of humor in the game.
  • Robot Buddy: To Starkiller.
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: He gets the upper hand on Boba Fett by turning into Jango Fett, his beloved father.
    • Though unintentional, he does it to Vader too in the first game by attacking him as Obi-Wan Kenobi so Starkiller can escape. It doesn't do much in the game, but in the book, it catches Vader off guard.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection

General Rahm Kota

Voiced by: Cully Fredrickson

"Vader thinks he's turned you. But I can sense your future—And Vader isn't a part of it! I sense— I sense only... Me?''
Kota, during his duel with Starkiller

Born on an unnamed war-torn planet, General Kota had fought in the trenches since he was 10-years-old. A Jedi commander in the Clone Wars, Kota distrusted the competence of clone soldiers and preferred to rely on his own men as his troop. Because of this, he escaped execution from the infamous Order 66. After years of hiding where he still kept in contact with surviving Jedi, Kota finally surfaces to wrack havoc on the Empire and try to draw out Darth Vader.

  • Anti-Hero: Type III.
  • A Father to His Men: His militia are loyal to the end for him, and he specifically chose natural soldiers recruited from even the Separatists because he felt that clones were untrustworthy, which ended up being well founded due to Order 66.
  • The Alcoholic: Descended into alcoholism when his sight was taken from him.
  • Badass
  • Blatant Lies: He keeps on claiming that his link to the Force was severed, but he blatantly uses it throughout the game.
  • Blind Seer: He's blind, but he has no trouble getting around or fighting off enemies.
  • Brown Eyes -> Gray Eyes: When he was blinded, his brown irises were burned off, leaving nothing but a silvery outline of where they once were.
  • Captain Obvious
  • Child Soldier
  • Cowboy Cop: It is mentioned in the novels that Kota would often lead raids without the Rebel Council's approval.
  • Cynical Mentor: Was this to Starkiller in the first game, he has mellowed out since.
  • Determinator: He fought in the gladitorial arena for seven days, and, although injured and exhausted, was in no danger of dying by the time Starkiller rescued him.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: For quite a long time after the incident.
  • Eye Scream: Being blinded by your own lightsaber has got to hurt.
  • Fallen Hero: A mild case. After he's blinded, he doesn't turn to the dark side, but instead just complains a lot and wallows in self pity.
  • General Ripper: Obsessed with destroying the Empire.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Picks up quite a few badass facial scars from his time in the arena.
  • He's Back: On Corellia, he shows up to the Rebel meeting sober, tidied up, and ready to take up the good fight once again.
  • Hidden Depths: Initially shown as an arrogant General Ripper or a drunk Fallen Hero, but you would see true wisdom bleed through oftentimes.
    • In the sequel, he displays a surprising amount of compassion towards Starkiller, consistently reassuring him that he can't be a clone, as well as recognising his love for Juno.
  • Hot-Blooded: A rare Hot blooded Jedi (see his rant at Starkiller in the sequel for a particularly noticeable example).
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Modeled (though with some added hair) after his voice actor, Cully Fredrickson.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the first game, he spends most of his time complaining and berating everyone after losing his sight. He also helps to redeem Starkiller (alongside Juno).
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Moreso in the first game, but always present in some form: He has a far darker worldview than most Jedi, but still just as willing to sacrfice himself for the greater good.
  • Laser Blade
  • Large Ham: In the second game.
  • Made of Iron: Had to have been to survive that fall.
  • Master Swordsman
  • Mind over Matter
    Kota: You're a Jedi, boy! Size means nothing to you!
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Even after being blinded and binge-drinking, he's actually as wise and as powerful as he ever was. At the end of the game, he admits to Juno that he sensed who Starkiller was the whole time, and just pretended to not recognize him.
  • The Obi-Wan: Guides Galen to the light side of the Force.
  • Old Soldier
  • One-Man Army: He may not be as powerful as Starkiller, but his performance in Tarko's gladiator arena speaks volumes.
  • Parental Substitute: For all their disagreements and sniping at each other, Kota becomes a surrogate father to Starkiller (and a much more nurturing father figure than Vader ever was).
  • Properly Paranoid: Not trusting the clone troops saved his life.
  • Refuge in Audacity: That's how his strategies mostly work. Such as in the first game, trying to draw out Vader to fight him by declaring war at the Empire.
  • Shadow Archetype / Foil: Non-villainous variation: According to the Producers, Kota was specifically built as the anti-thesis of Obi-Wan, being a angry, War-obsessed world-weary Jedi, everything Obi-Wan is not. He maintains, however, the same wisdom.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He was pretty arrogant until Starkiller beat the crap out of him.
    • He still is, but less suicidally so.
  • Sticks to the Back: His lightsaber.
  • The Strategist: In fact, his role in the first game is essentially the article's example of "long-lost military genius brought in table to take down a ruthless empire."
  • Underestimating Badassery: He seriously underestimated Starkiller in their first meeting.
    Kota: Ha. A boy? Months of attacking Imperial targets, and Vader sends a boy to fight me?!
  • Verbal Tic: He almost always calls Starkiller "boy".

Darth Vader

Voiced by: Matt Sloan

As The Emperor's Apprentice, his mission is to hunt down any Jedi who escaped Order 66, as well as any rebels. Finding a powerful, Force-sensitive child named Galen Marek, Vader violated the Rule of Two by taking him as his secret apprentice, Starkiller. He is preparing Starkiller for the day he destroys his own Master, and takes over as Emperor of the galaxy.


  • Abusive Parent: Throughout teaching Galen the ways of The Dark Side and the Sith, he never gave him one ounce of encouragement or kindness.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In-Universe example from the Novel: Starkiller expressed pity on Vader for his being unable to successfully free himself from Palpatine's grasp, even stating that he intends to put Vader out of his misery.
  • Badass
  • Bad Boss: For example, upon arriving at Kashyyyk:
    Imperial Commander: Lord Vader? We were ambushed upon arrival, but I have the situation well in- (is Force Choked)
    • Also subverted in the same quote, as he actually spares the commander in question (although the Wii version makes it a bit more ambiguous as it cuts to right behind Vader after releasing his grip), although only because he arrived at Kashyyyk for a very different reason.
    Darth Vader: I have no interest in your failings, commander. I am here on a mission of my own.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Tries to impress this on Starkiller every chance he gets.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Implied by an exchange between PROXY and Starkiller shortly after the latter receives his new orders from Vader.
    PROXY: I hate being him (referring to Vader).
    Starkiller: I think he does too.
  • Big Bad
  • Black Knight
  • Boss Banter: See Badass Boast above.
  • Break Them by Talking: Gives these non-stop in the sequel.
    "You are only as strong as I allowed you to be, my apprentice."
    "You were created to do my bidding!"
    "Look around you. You are expendable!"
    "You are not a man. You are a thing, an experiment."
    " As long as she lives, I will always control you."
  • Casting Gag: Is voiced by Matt Sloan, aka Chad Vader.
    • This is even Lamp Shaded in an achievement/trophy unlocked by killing 12 stormtroopers called "Worst Day-Shift Manager Ever."
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
  • The Corrupter: He wants Starkiller on the dark side and will allow nothing to get in the way of that goal.
  • Determinator/The Übermensch/The Unfettered: Nothing can stop him from having his own apprentice, not even death itself. Also, credits, starships, and Imperial lives are all meaningless to him, he will expend any resources he has to complete a goal.
  • The Dragon: To the Emperor.
  • Enemy Mine: Starkiller actually tries to invoke this in order to get Darth Vader to join the Rebellion since both sides want the Emperor dead. Darth Vader's reply to the offer is downright venomous, he rejects the notion of seeking their help to realize his plans.
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Flunky Boss: In the sequel, has reinforcements in the form of Starkiller's own clones.
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Get Back Here Boss: In the sequel, the first stage of his battle has him jumping from platform to platform.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the Wii version of the sequel, he throws one of his cloned mooks at Starkiller, only for him to miss and blow up a power pylon. He then attempts to kill Starkiller by throwing him right into the pylon's energy spike, only Starkiller to evade it and shove him into the pylon. Surprisingly, he survives this.
  • I Lied: After betraying Starkiller, Starkiller asks about their plan to defeat The Emperor. He replies with this.
    • Technically it was a half-truth. He did plan on betraying the Emperor, that much was true, but he wasn't planning on having Starkiller do so.
    • The bios and some statements by those involved in LucasArts imply that Vader did genuinely intend to betray the Emperor with Starkiller on his side, but he apparently chickened out at the last moment.
    • In the sequel, he lied about the cloning process not being perfected.
  • I've Got Your Girl: Tries to lure Starkiller back to him in the second game by kidnapping Juno.
    Vader: (releases the force choke on Juno ) Find and kill General Kota. If you refuse, the woman dies. You will return to me and give yourself to The Dark Side. If you resist, she dies. And when your training is complete, you will hunt down and execute the rebel leaders. If you fail, she dies!
  • Implacable Man
  • In a Single Bound
  • Insistent Terminology:
    Starkiller: The Force gives me all I need.
    Vader: The Force?
    Starkiller: The Dark Side, my Master.
  • Jerkass
  • Kamehame Hadoken
  • Kick the Dog: Revealing to Starkiller that he doesn't give a crap about him and trying to kill him after completing his life's work.
    • Everything he does to Starkiller and Juno in the sequel.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Orders Starkiller to do this in the sequel by threatening to kill Juno.
    Vader: ( Force-chokes Juno ) Bow before me, or she dies.
    Starkiller: Wait! Wait! (drops his lightsabers and kneels ) I will do your bidding. Just let her go.
  • Lack of Empathy: Towards Starkiller and Juno.
  • Large and in Charge
  • Laser Blade
  • Love Is a Weakness: He's so disgusted that Starkiller loves Juno that he secretly makes a clone that doesn't care about her at all. Vader considers him "perfect". Which is also quite ironic, since love was also one of the reasons why Vader ended up turning to the Dark Side in the first place.
  • Made of Iron
  • Master Swordsman
  • Mind over Matter
  • Mighty Glacier
  • Neck Lift
  • Ominous Walk
  • One-Man Army
  • Abusive Parental Substitute: To Starkiller. An cruel, abusive, altogether unkindly father figure, but a father figure nonetheless.
  • Perfect Play A.I.
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: In the sequel, he tests Starkiller's commitment to The Dark Side by having him battle robots disguised as members of the Rebel Alliance. Starkiller can't bear to attack the Juno droid and fails the test. The Dark Apprentice pleases him by striking down the Juno droid without hesitation.
    • In the sequel's novel, Vader sends the droids against Starkiller when he returns to Kamino, but he finally realizes they are just enemy droids and destroys them all.
  • Shows Damage
  • The Slow Walk
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: The Saber Throw technique.
    • Though in some versions of the sequel, this come back to bite him when Starkiller catches it and throws it back, cutting off his hand.
  • Turns Red
  • Using You All Along: Vader was working with Palpatine the whole time. To him, Starkiller was nothing but a tool to find the rebels and capture them.
  • Vader Breath: Obviously.
  • Villainous Breakdown: His "she dies" speech in the second game shows just how fed up he is with Starkiller.
  • Villainous Demotivator: It's amazing Starkiller never tried to assassinate him during his training.
    (while giving Starkiller his next mission) "My spies have located another Jedi. Kazdan Paratus is far more powerful than you. I do not expect you to survive. But if you destroy him, you will be one step closer to your destiny."
  • We Have Reserves
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The novel implies that Vader deeply wants to get out of his master's grip, but cannot. Starkiller even pities him for this during their final fight.
  • Would Hit a Girl
  • You Have Failed Me
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Pulls this on Starkiller when his Evil Plan to capture the rebels comes to fruition. It didn't end up well for him.

    Major Characters 

Emperor Palpatine

Voiced by: Sam Witwer

The dark Sith Lord who founded the Galactic Empire and nearly exterminated the Jedi. Also goes by Darth Sidious. Considered by many to be the most powerful Sith Lord that ever lived. He turned the young Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker to the dark side and named him, as his apprentice, Darth Vader.

Shaak Ti

Voiced by: Susan Eisenberg

A Togruta Jedi Knight who survived Order 66 by taking refuge on the jungle world of Felucia. Noting the natural Force-sensitivity of the natives, she struggles to train them, along with her padawan, Maris Brood, in order to resist The Empire.

Maris Brood

Voiced by: Adrienne Wilkinson

The Zabrak padawan of Shaak Ti. She spent many years in hiding with her Jedi Master on the planet Felucia. After her master's death, she turns to the Dark Side of the Force, along with the rest of the planet.

Kento Marek

Voiced by: Tom Kane

A Jedi Knight who quietly resigned from the Order after falling in love and marrying a fellow Knight named Mallie (the Jedi Order forbids romantic relationships), thus escaping Order 66 by sheer coincidence. Settling on the Wookie homeworld of Kashyyyk, he had to raise his son Galen alone after Mallie died, but became a respected comrade to the Wookies. Sadly, when Darth Vader arrived, Kento was defeated and killed. Vader abducted Galen, making him his apprentice. Eventually, his Force Ghost appears before Starkiller to apologize for his failure to protect his son, and to face him in battle for Galen's Trial Of Flesh.

Senator Bail Organa

Voiced by: Jimmy Smits

Served in the Galactic Senate as the Senator of the Alderaan and now serving in the Imperial Senate after the founding of the Galactic Empire. He has earned a reputation for speaking out against the Emperor and his policies. He is Princess Leia Organa's adoptive father and a friend of Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Rahm Kota.

  • Ambadassador: He's a wicked good shot, apparently.
  • Distressed Dude: After Galen saves Organa's daughter, he then has to save Organa himself.
  • Humans Are Diplomats
  • Rebel Leader
  • Rousing Speech
    "It is settled then. My wealth will fund the Rebellion, while Garm provides our fleet, and Mon Mothma our soldiers. And with you leading us, we have the power of the Force on our side. Therefore let this be an official declaration of rebellion! Today, we all vow to change the galaxy, and one day the galaxy will indeed be free!"

Princess Leia Organa

Voiced by: Catherine Taber

Daughter of Senator Bail Organa and a princess of Alderaan. She has a forceful personality and bright intellect, sharing her father's attitude in defying the Empire. Leia is no stranger to danger is willing to risk her life in what she believes in, doing all she can to help her father.

Boba Fett

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

A Mandalorian warrior and bounty hunter who is a clone of the famed Jango Fett but was raised by Jango as his son. When Jango was killed by the Jedi Mace Windu in battle, Boba took up his father's mantel despite his youth. Years later, he is regularly employed by Darth Vader and the Empire to track down particularly tricky targets and bring them in alive.

The Dark Apprentice

Voiced by: Sam Witwer

The true perfect clone of Starkiller, who served as an apprentice for Vader.

  • The Dragon: To Vader, being the perfect clone of the original Starkiller.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He has unnaturally pale skin to match his dark hair.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the cloned Starkiller in the sequel.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: His existance isn't even vaguely hinted at.
  • Hidden Villain: Only appears if the player decides to try to kill Vader in The Force Unleashed II
  • In the Hood: Wears a hooded Sith robe, and in the DLC wears armor similar to Vader's.
  • Kick The Ewok: In the DLC he can literally drop-kick Ewoks
  • Laser Blade: Dual-wields two red lightsabers.
  • Neck Lift: The Force Choke. In the Endor DLC, he does this to Chewbacca, with his bare hands.
  • No Name Given: He's only ever referred to as the Dark Apprentice.
  • One-Man Army: Seen in the DLC, he took on both the Rebel Alliance and the Empire's garrison on Endor and won by himself.
  • Psycho Electro: His Force Lightning, which only those converted to the Dark Side use.
  • The Sociopath: He was the only clone able to kill the simulations of Galen Marek's loved ones, and denounces his original as a failure. This is why Vader likes him so much.
  • Stealth Expert: Utter master of it, using a cloaking device to sneak up on his clone brother and backstab him.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: His irises are yellow with a red rim due to his immersion in the Dark Side.
  • The Unfettered: By the end of his training, he cares for nothing, except the will of his master.
  • The Voiceless: Keeps his mouth shut for the entire second game.

    Minor Characters In All Versions 

Senator Mon Mothma

One of the founders and the face of the Rebel Alliance. She often frustrates her associates with her insistence of caution and the desire to never take risks.

Senator Garm Bel Iblis

Voiced by: Kristoffer Tabori

One of the founders of the Rebel Alliance who favors an aggressive approach.

Kazdan Paratus

Voiced by: Larry Drake

A disgraced Aleena Jedi Knight who only survived Order 66 because he fled in fear, abandoning his comrades to be slaughtered. Settling on the junk planet Raxus Prime, his guilt and isolation has caused him to descend into madness, building a replica of the Jedi Temple and speaking to statues of the Jedi Council as if they were alive.

Ozzik Sturn

Voiced by: Tom Kane

A sleazy Imperial officer who was put in charge of an Imperial-controlled Kashyyyk.

Baron Merillion Tarko

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

The commander of the Imperial outpost on Cato Neimoidia. He uses his influence and power to run a successful slave-trade business, which helps create the bulk of the Empire's laboring workforce used to build outposts on subjugated planets. To further increase his wealth, Tarko established gambling casinos on Cato Neimoidia. He used the money generated from that venture to fund and build a massive arena, which features gladiator combat for both sport and profit.

Yoda

Voiced by: Tom Kane

One of the most renowned and powerful Jedi Masters in galactic history, who is known for his legendary wisdom, mastery of the Force and skills in lightsaber combat. When the Republic collapsed and was replaced with the Galactic Empire, Yoda went into hiding on the remote swamp world of Dagobah. He was a past teacher for Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Rahm Kota.

    Minor Characters In Some Versions 

The Core

An intelligent scrap gathering computer that runs the junk planet, Raxus Prime.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: What other explanation can there be for a salvage AI deciding it wants to take over the universe?
  • Brainwashing: Does this to droids (including PROXY) and uses them as his minions.
  • Genius Loci
  • Hacker Cave: This is essentially what The Core is, just without a person running it.
  • Hollywood Hacking: It's plans for galaxy domination pretty much boiled down to this.

Darth Desolous

Voiced by: Kristoffer Tabori

A long dead Pau'an Sith Lord from ages past. He was once a Jedi, but turned to The Dark Side, his true name forgotten and lost to history. He gathered an army, savagely waging war until he was finally overwhelmed and killed. He lives on as a Force projection in the abandoned Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Darth Vader eventually sends Starkiller to face him in battle for his Trial Of Skill.

Darth Phobos

Voiced by: Kari Wahlgren, Nathalie Cox (in Juno Eclipse's form)

A long dead Theelin Sith Lord from ages past. She nearly conquered the galaxy, and was so dangerous that the Jedi and Sith were forced into an Enemy Mine in order to take her down. She lives on as a Force projection in the abandoned Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Darth Vader eventually sends Starkiller to face her in battle for his Trial Of Insight.

Drexl Roosh

A leader of the Rodian scavengers on Raxus Prime.

  • Only in It for the Money: Basically why he turns on Starkiller: his head would fetch a great price to the Empire.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Go up against the guy who nearly crushed your trachea with his mind, and sell him to the Empire? Yeah, it was only gonna end one way.

Captain Ackbar

A Mon Calamari from the water world of Dac, Ackbar was the leader of the resistance against the Empire there long before the Rebel Alliance formed. He was captured when his people were betrayed by an insider and he was force to serve as a slave to the high ranking Imperial officer, Wilhuff Tarkin. In a raid by the Rebel Alliance, Ackbar was eventually freed and is now serving under their crest to try and free his planet and the galaxy from the Galactic Empire.

Berkelium Shyre

A member of the Rebel Alliance who works at a repair shop on Malastare, passing on intelligence and repairing ships and droids.

  • Artificial Limbs: Has mechanical legs after he lost his legs to a thermal detonator explosion.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Known as "The Repairman".
  • Heavy Worlder: Malastare's gravity is extremely high, so he's become very strong from living there for over a decade.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Starkiller is trying to avoid news of his resurrection getting out, but Shyre figures out who he is, causing Starkiller to panic and use the Jedi Mind Trick on him to make him forget.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: He's attracted to Juno, who sees him as a perfectly good man. However, Shyre simply can't match up to Starkiller, or his memory.

Wedge Antilles

A Rebel Corellian pilot with a daredevil attitude and the skills to match.

  • Ace Pilot: Given that he survives piloting a Y-Wing with Starkiller riding shotgun and shouting orders to him, it makes sense.
  • Badass Normal: He's not Force-sensitive, but he can pilot like the best of them.
  • Badass Bystander: He meets Starkiller during a battle when the rogue apprentice randomly jumps on his Y-Wing for a ride. Any other pilot would have gotten themselves killed doing the stuff Galen asked of him.
  • Improbable Piloting Skills

Xasha

Boba Fett's lover and occasional partner in bounty hunting.

    Characters Who Appear in Dark Side Expansion Packs Only 

Jabba The Hutt

Voiced by: David W. Collins

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Voiced by: Rob Rackshaw

  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Deader than Dead: As if killing him by throwing him into the Millennium Falcon's thrusters wasn't enough, Lord Starkiller then destroys his Force Ghost with Force Lightning.
    • And he's still "alive" enough to not only encourage Luke to run, but also teach him a bit about being a Jedi
  • Determinator
  • Last Stand/You Shall Not Pass: He faces Starkiller to buy time for the Millennium Falcon to take off and escape. And it does.

Captain Keenah

Voiced by: Peter Lavin

Lieutenant Marsen

Voiced by: Matthew Wolf

Luke Skywalker

Voiced by: Lloyd Floyd

  • Badass Boast:
    "I won't run from my destiny, or from you."
  • Fallen Hero: Once Lord Starkiller defeats him, instead of killing him, Luke turns to the Dark Side and becomes his apprentice.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He finds out, from Starkiller, that Darth Vader was his father. Of course, in the DLC timeline, Luke never met Vader, so he's far less distraught by the revelation.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's no match for Starkiller in terms of saber skills, but that doesn't mean he can't put up a good fight when relying on the Force.

Han Solo

Chewbacca


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