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A Farm Boy from a desert planet, Luke discovers that his father was a Jedi and that he can be one too. This led to him becoming a major figure in the Rebel Alliance, the savior of the galaxy, leader of the reborn Jedi Order and all-around badass. Go here for more information on his Legends counterpart.
- All-Loving Hero: Expanded Universe may differ, but consider that upon discovering his father is a Sith Lord and one of the galaxy's most ruthless killers, he decidesagainst the advice of everyonethat Dad can be saved from the Dark Side. He turns out to be right. For the Star Wars Legends, Luke was this in the early years but starting with the Legacy era he does such things as advocating torture. The mantle was passed on to his son Ben, who wants to redeem people who his father would rather kill.
- Best Friends-in-Law: With Han, after Han and Leia get married.
- Big Good: Luke in Star Wars Legends, most notably the novels. According to George Lucas' Word of God Anakin had the potential to become far more powerful than Emperor Palpatine, but due to his injuries on Mustafar had difficulty realizing that potential during his lifetime. Luke inherits that power and realizes it to the point where he becomes the most powerful Force User who has ever lived in the entire Star Wars canon. Luke has countless feats to his name but some that stand out include: Walking directly on top of a lava flow in order to impress an apprentice, during the Yuuzhan Vong War took on over a hundred enemy troops who individually could take on hundreds of Republic soldiers and cut them down with such alarming speed that fellow Jedi could only see Luke's after-image, manipulating the gravity of a black hole and moving it so as to prevent it from destroying the Galactic Republic's forces and sends it back to the enemies who cast it, and perhaps most impressive of all defeating a resurrected Emperor Palpatine in single combat by cutting off his hand which is especially notable as Palpatine is considered the most powerful Sith user and one of the greatest lightsaber duelists who ever lived. By the time Luke is in his prime it becomes easily understood why Luke became the Grand Master of the New Jedi Order, one even more powerful and wise than Yoda ever was.
- Celibate Hero: Averted by Luke's New Jedi Order in the post-Return Of The Jedi Expanded Universe and by the Jedi of the Old Republic era, where marriage between Jedi is allowed, and manage to successfully return back to prominence despite violating the previous order's teachings.
- Chick Magnet: In the Expanded Universe.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Considering the girl (Leia) is later revealed to be his sister, this is a good thing. He has to wait for the Expanded Universe for his own chance at romance.
- Drink Order: Hot chocolate. Ever since it was introduced in The Thrawn Trilogy, it's been something of a Running Gag in other Legends works.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Luke's childhood nickname was Wormie, acquired because he was the smallest in his group of friends.
- Fantastic Recruitment Drive: In the Expanded Universe, Luke spends a lot of his time wandering around the galaxy looking for hidden Jedi as well as people with raw talent.
- Generation Xerox: To Anakin, his father. Anakin is whisked away from his home on Tattooine by a Jedi Master. He then saves the day by flying a starfighter into battle and improbably blowing up the enemy space station, befriending R2-D2 in the process. He then receives training in the Force against Yoda's protests, leading him to overconfidently attack Palpatine's Dragon, losing an appendage for his troubles. Now, are we talking about Luke or Anakin?
- Also, Luke seems to have gained some traits from Padmé, most noticeably nearly-ironclad morality, an amazing amount of compassion, and a seemingly endless capacity to forgive.
- Arguably taken a step further in the Expanded Universe, in which Luke decides there's no such thing as a 'light side' and 'dark side', only the Force, henceforth using the Force entirely as he sees fit. Later, after a certain incident, he comes to the rapid conclusion that he's made a terrible mistake, and cuts himself of from the unsavory elements of the Force. In some ways, reflecting how Anakin came to embrace the Dark Side, only to repent and slay the Emperor.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Idealistic, kind, humble, noble and able to see the goodness in most everyone, this personality trait is pointed out fairly often in the Expanded Universe and a lot in fanfic.
- The Heart: Luke is the centrepiece that holds everyone together in the original trilogy.
- Heroes Want Redheads: His wife, Mara, has red hair. Many of his ex-girlfriends did as well.
- In the Blood:
- Luke's final temptation to join The Dark Side hinges on him being his father's son and heir to his evil. Luckily, he inherited a few traits from his mom too.
- It was also implied, in A New Hope, as being his aunt and uncle's reason for never discussing his father with him... or at the very least telling Blatant Lies. (Spice freighter navigator my ass!) They feared that Luke would become a Jedi, like his father before him, and go gallivanting across the galaxy to turn evil. That, or just get killed - it's never stated just how much Obi-Wan told them about Anakin. The two always told Luke he'd died off world.
- Dark Empire has him turn to The Dark Side when the Emperor returns, in an attempt to bring him down from within. It doesn't exactly work. The parallels with Anakin are made blindingly obvious, though the comic came long before the prequel trilogy. Luke guides a ship far too large and damaged to land into a survivable landing on Coruscant. He constantly ruminates on his father's legacy, wondering why he had turned - ultimately it's the threat to his family that gets him to claim "My father's destiny is my own." The Emperor proceeds to replace his mechanical right hand with a different prosthetic, a "better" one speculated by some fans to be of a model Vader used, and dresses Luke in outfits clearly inspired by his fathers', as can be seen in the page image. Ultimately it's the love of his sister, and his refusal to hurt her or allow her to be killed, that brings Luke back.
- Last of His Kind: He is the said to be the last Jedi knight to be alive after Yoda's death, until his foundation of a new Jedi Order.Yoda: Luke, when gone am I... the last of the Jedi will you be.
Obi-Wan: Not the last of the old Jedi, Luke. The first of the new.
- Subverted later when Obi-Wan, in one of his last conversations before truly becoming one with the Force, tells him to pass on what he's learned. This sparks his motivation to later start a new Jedi training facility, the Jedi Praxeum.
- Luke Nounverber: The Trope Codifier and the trope name inspiration. His surname is apparently a reference to piloting skill, which he appropriately displays, along with his father Anakin Skywalker. In the novelization of The Phantom Menace, an old spacer compliments Anakin on his piloting skill and the appropriateness of his namesaying he "walks the sky like he owns it". The official site stated that the first Jedi carried the title 'Skywalker'.
- Luke's last name was originally going to be Starkiller. It made an appearance in Knights of the Old Republic as the name of a Mandalorian gladiator who only fought death matches. It's also the codename of Galen Marek, Darth Vader's secret apprentice who appears in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and less impressively it's the last name of one of Luke's childhood friends.
- Meaningful Name: Lampshaded in the novelization of A New Hope: With a name like Skywalker, it was inevitable that he would be a skilled pilot.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Luke bears some of this, Depending on the Writer.
A smuggler originally hired by Obi-Wan to provide him transport to Alderaan, Han (and his Cool Ship, the Millennium Falcon) became central to the fate of the galaxy. An Ace Pilot with a sarcastic streak and no particular loyalties (initially), Han was played by Harrison Ford, who improvised many of the character's best lines.
- Bilingual Dialogue: Han apparently speaks (or at least understands) a variety of languages, including Huttese, Rodian, and Wookiee.
- Breakout Character: He tends to be written in a lot more stories in the Expanded Universe than Luke Skywalker, which is no small feat.
- Four-Star Badass/Frontline General: Makes general right before Endor and holds that rank for four years before resigning. In Jedi he leads the strike team that disables the theatre shield protecting the Death Star II, and in the X-Wing Series he commands the New Republic naval task force that brings down Warlord Zsinj.
- I Have No Son!: In an uncommonly high-born move (the Solos were a high house of Corellia technically), Han disinherits Jacen after he turned to the Dark Side and became a fully-fledged Sith by murdering his own aunt, Mara Jade Skywalker. It is all the more chilling since to Corellians family is sacred which Jacen had now trampled on.
- Loveable Rogue: Han seems to be so lovable that all the pretty rotten things he has done seem so justifiable that they don't seem to sink in.
- Particularly in the Han Solo trilogy, but also in many other EU books, he has conned a number of people, smuggled what is the hardest spice (SW equivalent of drugs) available, stolen, forged government documents, entered Imperial services under a false ID, faked his own death, cheated at games of chance, betrayed several employers, led a picket ship on a chase that resulted in its complete destruction, bribed an Imperial officer, freed slaves (morally good, but technically illegal), led a raid on a former employer's base, resisted arrest a whole lot of times, kidnapped Leia, and killed numerous people (though all of them were at least directly or indirectly trying to kill him at the time). In some instances, these acts were justifiable by being morally good or because he didn't have any sort of choice, but in other cases they were purely selfish acts to get what he wanted.
- Essentially, the only two lines he consistently has shown is an unwillingness to kill anyone in cold blood and a refusal to take part a direct part in any type of slavery operation (he would work for slavers in other matters though).
- Old Soldier: He is still a crack shot and Ace Pilot in his sixties, with his granddaughter Allana often along for the ride.
Princess Leia Organa/Leia Skywalker
Leia was the (adopted) daughter of Bail Organa and followed his footsteps in becoming the Senator of the planet Alderaan. She also followed him into the Rebel Alliance, which led to her imprisonment on the Death Star, where two young men and a Wookiee with more heroism than sense (Luke and Han) broke her out. Then it became clear that she's tough in her own right, and things got really interesting.
- Badass Normal: In the original trilogy. Leia has her moments, notably in her first encounter with Vader where she not only lies to his face, but talks to him like he's an idiot. She later strangles Jabba to death. (The fact that she later turns out to be Force-sensitive notwithstanding.) She became aware of her Force-sensitive condition and Luke made her a Jedi Knight.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Her first lightsaber was a red-bladed one, something normally associated with the Sith.
- Happily Married: To Han, in the EU.
- Laser Blade: Oddly enough her initial lightsaber is described as being ruby-red, making her one of the very, very few non-Sith Force-users to use a red lightsaber. After becoming a full Jedi Knight following the Swarm War Saba Sebatyne has her build a new one, which is a more solidly good-guy blue.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Played straight. Leia takes after Anakin, though she isn't happy about it. She is way more proactive, hot-headed, passionate, opinionated, aggressive, and stubborn than her brother Luke, and she isn't nearly as forgiving of Vader's sins, the same way that Anakin is not easily forgiving of those who hurt his loved ones. Anakin's way is to get revenge and Leia seems the same way. The Noghri call Leia "Lady Vader" for a reason. How much of this can be attributed to genetics versus her upbringing is debatable, but she's more like her father than her mother Padmé, despite sharing some traits with her mother.
- Never Mess with Granny: In the later stories, she's gone grey and is getting old but is still her same awesome self.
- Parents as People: Leia dearly loves her children but her commitment to her job leaves her absent for much of their lives. Jaina in particular is left bitter because of this.
- The Smart Guy: Leia has far more political savvy than Luke or Han due to her upbringing, so this role is often placed in her hands.
Han Solo's co-pilot aboard The Alleged Freighter Millenium Falcon, which he and Han seem to spend more time repairing than flying. Chewie is a Wookiee (read: 8-foot-tall walking carpet) who only speaks in growls and roars, is over two hundred years old, and getting meaner every year. According to official sources, Han rescued him from slavery at some point, leading to Chewbacca swearing him a "life debt."
- Bilingual Dialogue: He speaks Shyriiwook and Han speaks Basic, and they understand each other fine.
- The EU clarifies that although Wookiees can understand other languages perfectly well, their vocal cords make them physically unable to speak anything other than their own language.
- Cool Uncle: His nephew Lowbacca is one of the students at Luke's academy and he has great respect for his heroic uncle, even wanting to take on his life debt following his death.
- The Fettered: According to official sources Chewbacca, like all Wookies, has retractable and very nasty claws he uses for climbing the trees of Kashyyyk. And nothing else. It is seen as a Godzilla Threshold moment if they have to use their claws for combat. Which explains why Lando was not more severely injured by the enraged and almost berserk Chewbacca.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He dies saving Anakin Solo in Vector Prime.
- I Owe You My Life: He has sworn a life debt to his best friend for saving him from slavery. This also extends to Han's family and Luke. He fully honors this by dying to save Han's son Anakin.
- Killed Off for Real: In the Expanded Universe (by dropping a moon on him), reportedly because he was the most important character Lucasfilm would allow them to kill.
- Really Two Hundred Years Old: According to the Expanded Universe.
- So uncivilized. (Ep.III)If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. (Ep.IV)
Introduced in A New Hope as "Ben Kenobi," Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training and sets him on his course as savior of the galaxy. He fought in the Clone Wars and, as Anakin's teacher, was deeply involved in Anakin's fall to The Dark Side. While Anakin is indisputably the Main Character of the series, Obi-Wan runs a close second, and is one of only four characters to appear in every film of the series.
- Action Hero: When the lightsaber comes out, badassery ensues.
- Ambadassador: Like many Jedi, he will negotiate first and fight second...but you should never assume that he won't fight if he needs to. He's known as "The Negotiator" for a reason.
- Badass Beard: Sports a neat one in Episodes II and III.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Described in the Revenge Of The Sith novelization as "the ultimate Jedi" partially because he is "modest, centered and always kind". Nonetheless, if you push him far enough (like taking part in the murder of almost his entire "family", ie. the Jedi Order, including innocent children), he is prepared to hack off your limbs and leave you alone to slowly burn to death (although he seems to show some remorse while doing so).
- Big Brother Mentor: He straddled the line between being this and a Parental Substitute to Anakin.
- Cartwright Curse: A rather unfunny trend in the EU is if that you're set up to be Obi's love interest, you'll end up dying in his arms. Three out of the four women he has admitted to loving have died in his arms (the fourth one was already dying of terminal illness).
- Deadpan Snarker: One of the very best in the entire franchise.
- Determinator: He never, ever, gives up. Just one example is Clone Wars Gambit, when he endures three days of constant psychological torture on little food or water, on a planet steeped in the Dark Side.
- Dissonant Serenity: Obi-Wan, especially from his twenties onwards, is almost always calm and collected. Any time he isn't is of major concern.
- Humble Hero: Doesn't think of himself as all that great of a Jedi-he's just doing what he needs to do to protect others.
- Hurting Hero: Feels that It's All My Fault for Anakin pulling a FaceHeel Turn and the galaxy falling under the rule of the Sith. In fairness, he's not entirely wrong, but he has to learn to let go of his failures before Qui-Gon agrees to teach him the secrets of the Whills.
- Martial Pacifist: Obi-Wan doesn't particularly like fighting, but he is very good at it, and won't hesitate to protect the innocent.
- Master Swordsman: He's not on the same level as Yoda, Dooku, Sidious, or Mace Windu, but not too far off, either. Windu himself calls him the master of Soresu (see Stone Wall).
- Stone Wall: Obi-Wan is the definitive master of Soresu, the most defensive lightsaber style. This allows him to perform feats like (during his fight with Grievous) blocking twelve lightsaber strikes a second.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Anakin, and to a lesser extent, with Dexter Jettster and Siri Tachi (the latter of which evolved into Slap-Slap-Kiss).
C-3PO and R2-D2
A pair of "droids" (short for android, even though only Threepio is human-shaped) who accompany the heroes on their various adventures. Threepio is a "protocol droid" who helps smooth negotiations and understands 6 million forms of communication; he is fussy and quick to proclaim, "We're doomed." Artoo is an "astromech droid," making him a co-pilot for various starfighters, and is much more gutsy. Their (one-sided) banter is one of the franchise's main sources of Plucky Comic Relief. C-3PO and R2-D2 are the last of the four characters who appear in all six movies; they are also the only characters to be portrayed by the same actors throughout all six movies.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Artoo continues this trend in Legends. He's effectively saved planets and civilizations of the Galaxy numerous times thanks to saving Han, Luke, Leia, or whoever he's with repeatedly despite great personal risk to his tiny droid self. It's all the more impressive that he accomplishes this without really having any direct defenses of his own.
- Those Two Guys: Across the entire Legends continuity.
- Underestimating Badassery: Almost everybody thinks an astromech droid can't be much of a threat to their plans. Almost everybody is wrong.
Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker)
The Sith identity of Anakin Skywalker, Jedi father of Luke Skywalker, who was seduced by the dark side of the Force and helped the Galactic Empire eradicate the Jedi Order. As the evil Emperor's top enforcer, he seeks to crush the fledgling Rebel Alliance by any means necessary.
- Disappeared Dad: Darth Vader was this for Luke, for awhile. We know what really happened, but Luke didn't learn the truth until The Empire Strikes Back. Also, ironically, applies to Darth Vader (Anakin) himself, as he has no father (unless you count the Force itself, or Darth Plagueis as Palpatine implies).
- Evil Overlord: Despite being The Dragon, Vader still maintains a position of high command (second only to his master) and has his own set of troops (the 501st Legion, AKA "Vader's Fist") and Cool Starship (the Executor).
- Redemption Equals Death: Both played straight and averted in two different appearances. It was averted when Darth Vader, when attempting to atone for his sins by trying to collapse Aloa's cathedral on himself, only ended up saved by Palpatine and given a new suit, and it is heavily implied that despite his intentions of trying to redeem himself for his past actions by doing this, the only thing he succeeded in was killing Garoche Tarkin and Lady Saro as a result of this attempt at suicide, and it is also implied that this was exactly what Palpatine intended to happen. It is played straight, however, in Return Of The Jedi.
- Revenge: Particularly in works set shortly after Revenge of the Sith, Vader tends to be consumed by his desire for revenge against Obi-Wan. Even when hunting other Jedi down, his main focus is ripping Obi-Wan's hiding place out of them, more than actually trying to kill them.
- Self-Made Orphan: Kind of. Palpatine was strongly implied to be one of two people directly responsible for his conception via the midi-chlorians (the other being his Sith Master, Darth Plagueis), so Vader/Anakin killing Palpatine late into Return Of The Jedi would qualify as such, technically speaking. Granted, it wasn't exactly intended that Anakin be created (they were attempting to create a Sith Weapon, but it backfired).
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Because he can't use Force Lightning, he throws his lightsaber like a boomerang and spins it with the Force to turn it into a veritable plasma saw. This is his go-to ranged attack in video-games.
Senator/Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine (Darth Sidious)
Also known as Darth Sidious, Dark Lord of the Sith. The man pulling the strings from the very beginning, and working to subvert Anakin to The Dark Side. Originally a Senator from Naboo, he was eventually nominated Chancellor of the Republic and ruled with great popularity and acclaim. During the Clone Wars, he began to take emergency war-time powers on himself. All of this would've been pretty Winston Churchill if he hadn't secretly been Adolf Hitler; he played both the Republic and the Separatists against each other, wiped out the Jedi, and came out on top. Though Palpatine is one of the most important characters in the franchise, he doesn't appear in all six films; he missed Episode IV, just like Yoda did.
- Adaptational Villainy: As bad as Palpatine is in canon, he's even worse here. For example, in canon, his reaction to the Death Star being blown up was essentially to complain for a few pages and then give Vader a demotion. In the EU, he actually tortures Vader with force lightning and nearly kills him. He also had Bevel Lemelisk, the engineer responsible for the exhaust port, executed multiple times by cloning him.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He actually bullies his dad and mom to get what he wants when his father bans him from racing ever again (and for good reason).
- The Anti-Christ: Heavily implied to be this in various sources, including the Darth Plagueis novel. Palpatine is introduced as a young son of a nobleman who exhibits prodigious intellect and a proportionately high disregard for common morality. He is also said to be a delinquent, having a history of petty crime and being directly responsible for the deaths of two individuals as well as someone who is willing to murder his entire family without too much prompting. In the prologue, Palpatine admires the constellations that dot Coruscant's eastern sky just before the sun rises, i.e. the morning stars. If that's not Revelation-y enough for you, he refers to the Dark Side in his thoughts as the "beast" that will bring about the "end times". Reading his childhood background on Wookiepedia feels like reading something from The Omen.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He was heavily implied in various sources and confirmed in Darth Plagueis to have come from a noble background. The specific noble house was the "House of Palpatine." Deconstructed as it's implied to be one of the less well-known noble houses.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Somewhat justified, although not by Asskicking Equals Authority, surprisingly.
- Bad Boss: Vader implies in Return of the Jedi that the Emperor is even worse of a boss than himself. The Expanded Universe confirms it, actually killing an engineer seven times, each more horrifying than the last, just because he made a mistake with the Death Star that resulted in it being blown up. The novelization and deleted scenes for Return of the Jedi establish that he had ordered Moff Jerjerrod to destroy Endor if the Rebel forces succeeded in capturing the shield generator, regardless of how many of his troops died as a result.
- Blood from the Mouth: In Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison, Palpatine had blood running from his mouth and nose because of his being infected with Aorth-6. Unlike most examples, he ultimately doesn't die from it.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: Throttles his family and their bodyguards to death, and intending to at the very least kill his father since he was born due to hatred of him, and for no reason other than his family forbidding his contact with Plagueis.
- Body Backup Drive: He keeps a reserve of mindless clones in stasis in the event of Possession Burnout or fatal minion rebellion. When that fails...
- Body Snatcher: Palpatine's last resort for survival in Empire's End is to possess Anakin Solo on Onderon, and it would have worked if an already dying Empatojayos Brand didn't intercept his spirit's trajectory in a variation of Taking the Bullet.
- The Caligula: While not this in the main story, his resurrection in the Dark Empire arc has him playing this trope very much straight from then onwards, as he has become so insane that he ends up not having his empire being successful under his reign. It is also heavily implied in Dark Empire (and confirmed in The Essential Atlas) that the reason for his increased insanity had to do with his constant transference of his soul into clone bodies.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Palpatine hated his father because he viewed his father as being grossly incompetent and responsible for his misfortune. Eventually, he does far more than simply "call him out" for it.
- The Chosen One: He was destined to be the greatest and most powerful Sith Lord in the history of the galaxy, being the Sith'ari, the Dark Side equivalent to the Chosen One.
- Con Man: Palpatine, in many ways, is one. He cons everyone (Anakin, Padme, the Republic, the Senate, the Trade Federation, Darth Plagueis, the Rebel Alliance, even Jar Jar) in order to get what he wants: revenge on the Jedi and control of the galaxy. Then, he tries to con and corrupt Luke and it all falls apart.
- Consummate Liar: Palpatine/Sidious is skilled enough at deception and manipulation to defeat even Plagueis' attempts at probing Palpatine via the Force, although his being strong in the Dark Side at an early age would probably be another reason for this as well.
- The Corrupter: He serves as this to Anakin, earning his trust and leading him astray in order to turn him into Darth Vader.
- Deceptive Disciple: Palpatine/Darth Sidious is an inversion, who instead deceives and abuses his disciples. The Expanded Universe reveals that Palpatine never intended to be replaced by an apprentice at all; rather, he concocted a complex scheme to achieve practical immortality through the use of clone bodies. Taking on apprentices seems to be somewhat of an amusing diversion to him.
- Dirty Old Man: Some sources mention that, while the Galactic Emperor, he kept concubines and given his age, it's unlikely that they'd be as old as him. Still, others say that he was completely asexual as he felt that he would be disgraced by physical contact with his inferiors.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": He's strongly implied to have been born Cosinga Palpatine II, after his father. However, Palpatine hated his father so much that he dropped his first name and is henceforth known only by his last name.
- Dragged Off to Hell: After a fashion, his ultimate fate in the EU. After his death in Return of the Jedi, he's still powerful enough to body-hop for a while. After the main characters kill him a couple times, Jedi Master Empatojayos Brand (an Order 66 survior no less) pulls a Heroic Sacrifice and uses his death to drag Palpatine to the afterlife, where every Jedi who ever lived and died are able to throw Palpatine into Hell once and for all.
- Drives Like Crazy: He ended up crashing his speeder as well as committing manslaughter against two pedestrians.
- Enfant Terrible: He went to some of the most prestigious schools in the galaxy, but usually ended up expelled shortly after joining up for petty misdemeanors and his crimes, regardless of whether they were minor or not, were extensive enough that, had he not been the son of a nobleman nor his father bribe the authorities, he would have spent time in a correctional facility. Then he committed manslaughter while driving his speeder recklessly.
- Et Tu, Brute?: His murder of Darth Plagueis qualifies as such, as Plagueis certainly didn't intend for the Rule of Two to be followed.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Apparently, Palpatine would have hated himself if he used illusions to break his opponent's will, going by what Mara Jade commented upon. Given this is Palpatine we're discussing, he probably meant before using physical torture first.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: Palpatine experiences Rapid Aging from his use of the Dark Side, to the point that he has to regularly transfer his soul to new bodies. He first got that way from getting the crap shocked out of him when Mace Windu deflected his force lightning back at his face. Though it was also known that it was his true form and that he was hiding it all this time.
- Evil Redhead: His natural hair color is red.
- Fantastic Racism: Used in the Expanded Universe to explain why, in a galaxy filled with aliens, the Empire only ever hires humans. Somewhat vague on whether he himself believed this, or merely fostered it because it made the galaxy easier to control.
- The Book of Sith, that presents his own thoughts, confirms the latter view. Bottom line, Palpatine himself may not have personally been xenophobic against aliens, given how his own master, apprentice (Maul), and even aides have included different aliens. But he's still more than willing to allow humanocentrism to flourish in order to divide the galaxy and make it easier for him to control.
- A God Am I: He believes himself to be the incarnation of the Dark Side of the Force.
- Humanoid Abomination: Darth Sidious was already one of the most powerful Force users of all time and is believed to have mastered all known Force abilities and invented new ones. He could do things like feed off the life essences of billions and create Force Storms, wherein he would rip open the time-space continuum with his sheer will alone and create a hyperspace wormhole capable of killing a world. He was even strong enough to cloud the vision of the entire Jedi Order. By the time of his final death in Dark Empire he had become a nexus of the Dark Side itself and was tearing holes in reality with his very existence.
- When Darth Tenebrous briefly merged with Darth Plagueis after the latter "betrayed" him, he accessed a vision of Plagueis' death at the hands of Palpatine, his future apprentice. It's strongly implied that he was genuinely horrified at how evil Palpatine was, given that his first action upon seeing it was to escape from Plagueis' body in a panic.
- Immortality Immorality: The specific method in which he managed to come close to accomplishing this: He has people across the galaxy (including Alderaanians shortly after their planet's destruction) transferred to Byss, which served as a darkside conduit in order to sap their life energies to strengthen himself, he has Lemelisk executed and revived seven times for practice, made clones, and is capable of doing so even to non-clones and overwrite their original personalities just to ensure he is ensured immortality.
- Karma Houdini: Gets away with every crime (or at least gets an extremely tiny in proportion punishment such as expulsion for delinquent behavior from various universities) that he committed, no doubt due to his father's paying off the right authorities. Even Hitler, the guy Palpatine was partly based on, had to do time for his part in the Beer Hall Rebellion.
- Kinslaying Is a Special Kind of Evil: Darth Plagueis reveals that he murdered his immediate family so they couldn't stop him from being Plagueis' apprentice, in order to show how much of a psychopath he is.
- Large Ham: As any Evil Overlord Drunk on the Dark Side needs in both Episode III and VI.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Palpatine gets hit by this hard by the time of the Battle of Endor. Also Hoist by His Own Petard and a Disney Villain Death at the end of Return of the Jedi.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: Palpatine was disgusted enough by his father that he changed his name so that his only name is his family name ("Palpatine"). It's heavily implied, although not explicitly stated, that his full name prior to the name change was "Cosinga Palpatine II."
- Lack of Empathy: So much so he's forgotten the strength that one can draw from the love for their children. Ironically, his own father had attempted to buy his love, but he rejected it, because his father apparently wasn't willing to look at his own weaknesses.
- Luke, I Am Your Father/Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Variation: the novel Darth Plagueis had Palpatine/Darth Sidious participating alongside his master, Darth Plagueis, in a Sith experiment where they would attempt to forcibly manipulate the Midi-chlorians to create for them the ultimate sith weapon. The experiment failed, and the Midi-chlorians then decided to strike back and conceive Anakin Skywalker as a means to destroy the Sith once and for all. Also, early versions of Revenge of the Sith intended for Palpatine to tell Anakin that he created him from the midichlorians, but it was cut when Lucas redid the entire script.
- My Death Is Only The Beginning: Strongly implied to be the cause of his power increase by the time of his revival in Dark Empire.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If he and Darth Plagueis didn't attempt to influence the midichlorians to create the ultimate Sith weapon, the midichlorians wouldn't have essentially bit back and created Anakin to destroy the Sith.
- Also, had he, via Vader, not backstabbed Starkiller upon successfully capturing the Rebel leaders, they probably wouldn't have a Rebellion to deal with.
- Offing the Offspring: His having Starkiller and Luke try to murder Vader after defeating him in two separate occasions can easily be interpreted as this after Darth Plagueis. See Luke, I Am Your Father/Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! for the circumstances behind this.
- Only One Name: Is only referred to as Palpatine, or Darth Sidious. However, the prequel novel Darth Plagueis seems to imply that his full name is Cosinga Palpatine II.
- Pet the Dog: The closest thing he ever has to such a moment is to express genuine gratitude towards Darth Plagueis for being his teacher all those years. Of course it's undermined by the fact that he murders him right afterwards, but it's the thought that counts.
- Physical God: By the time of Dark Empire; the endnotes state that by the time of his final death, his mere existence as a nexus of the Dark Side itself was tearing holes in the fabric of reality, requiring the combined power of every Jedi born in the last 25,000 years to overcome, and even then only barely. Even before this, Sidious' mastery of the Force was enough to shake planets and rip stars out of their orbits.
- Properly Paranoid: He feared the fact that his enemies were constantly nearby, which resulted in his unwitting creation of the Rebel Alliance. Considering what nearly happened to him very early in the Empire's history (where Gentis launched a Military Coup against him with poison gas), this paranoia was somewhat justified.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Implied to be what he became as an adult, albeit a high-functioning variation of the trope in Darth Plagueis, see Enfant Terrible.
- Sanity Slippage: At first, while definitely not a good person, he at least was sane enough to both manipulate both sides into landing him with power, framing the Jedi to be exterminated, and actually having very firm grip over the Empire, and acknowledging his mistakes. However, shortly after his first death at Endor and continuously reviving himself, he ends up losing a lot of his sanity.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: His father often paid off the right people to make several of his misdemeanors "disappear."
- The Scrooge: Was implied to be this in an article for Star Wars: Galaxies dating December 12, 2008, where he mentions "Bah, humbug!" at one point relating to the Star Wars equivalent of Christmas Day, Life Day.
- Self-Made Orphan: Portions of Palpatine's backstory were revealed, showing that he came from a noble house called Palpatine, and that he murdered his father, his mother, and his younger siblings (although his father was no saint, being apparently violent). He also admits while murdering his father that he desired to murder at the very least his father since he was a baby.
- Shrouded in Myth: Although Palpatine claims that he hailed from Naboo, it has been speculated that the identity of Senator Palpatine and thus most of his past had actually been fabricated. Although the novel Darth Plagueis now confirms that Palpatine was indeed born and raised in Naboo, and was a part of a lesser noble house.
- The Sociopath: Lack of Empathy? Check. Manipulates people like chesspieces and only emitting shallow emotions? Check. Experiences extreme rage and is uplifted when hurting enemies? Check. That's just in the movies. The expanded universe has him being a sociopath even when he was a kid (including murdering his parents and siblings), and is incapable of feeling regret when committing heinous actions and various misdemeanors (including manslaughter when driving like a maniac). His cloning attempts only make his sociopathy even worse.
- Spoiled Brat: His childhood was primarily his father bribing the proper authorities to prevent them from taking legal action against Palpatine whenever he committed a misdemeanor, and his gift of a speeder was also closer to a bribe.
- The Starscream: To Darth Plagueis, killing him after getting him extremely drunk to the point that he fell asleep.
- Straw Misogynist:
- As if trying to make him as thoroughly dislikable as possible, Emperor Palpatine is revealed to be one of these in addition to being a racist, mass-murdering totalitarian maniac. This can be shown by the Galactic Empire's high degree of misogyny. This, combined with the alien persecution, resulted in the Empire often being referred to as having "Non-huMan" policies. The sexist policies that plagued the Empire encouraged Major General Corvae to establish the Firebird Society to prove that females were effective and capable soldiers for the Imperial Military.
- In all fairness, the Emperor considers everyone beneath him, regardless of gender or species. He also appointed Mara Jade, one of his best students, "The Emperor's Hand" - making her essentially the third most powerful person in the Empire behind Darth Vader and himself (albeit secretly).
- Troubling Unchildhood Behavior: He was a frequent delinquent with an expulsive history that was extremely vast, and the actions he committed were even stated to be severe enough that, had he not been a nobleman's child, he would have been sent to a reform facility. He also enjoyed committing manslaughter against two pedestrians.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Paplatine and Banking Clan big shot Hego Damask (alias Darth Plagueis) meant for Padme to be a martyr, and had to quickly resort to this when she escaped Naboo and brought along a nine-year-old hydrospanner in the works (Anakin Skywalker), who they discovered was a side effect of Plagueis' experiments.
- You Have Failed Me: It's heavily implied in Return of the Jedi, and confirmed in the Expanded Universe, that Palpatine was even more horrific in how he punishes those who fail their task than even the Trope Namer, Darth Vader.
The only black guy in the Galaxy. Well, him and Mace, that is. Though introduced as a somewhat shady former business partner of Han's, he ends up Defaulting To Good when Vader tramples all over him. He later flies the Millennium Falcon in the Battle of Endor; the ship used to be his, until Han won it off him.
Other Rebel Alliance members
An important political figure who founded and led the Rebel Alliance. Later becomes Chief of State of the New Republic after the downfall of the Empire.
Admiral Gial Ackbar
A fish-person from a species called the Mon Calamari, Ackbar appears in the last hour of Return of the Jedi but, like Wedge, has gone on to be a pivotal member of the Expanded Universe. He commands the Rebel fleet during the Battle of Endor, during which he famously pronounced "It's a trap!".
- All There in the Manual: His given name, Gial, was first mentioned in The Essential Guide To Warfare.
- Ascended Extra: From a minor character in the films to one of the more recurring characters until his death.
- Big Good: Frequently shares this role with Mon Mothma, with him frequently being in control of the military.
- Character Death: Dies of old age near the end of the Yuuzhan Vong War.
- Four-Star Badass: One of the Alliance's most esteemed generals.
- The Strategist: A master tactician, who led the Rebellion and New Republic to countless victories, and even invented some maneuvers.
A starfighter pilot, Wedge appears in all three Original Trilogy movies, despite having no particular role, importance or Plot Armor. For this reason, he is a major figure in Star Wars Legends, where he is often referred to as the finest pilot in the galaxy, by virtue of having survived more Death Stars than anyone living or dead. Played by Denis Lawson, except for the one scene when he isn't. Go here for more details.
General Crix Madine
A former Imperial Intelligence officer who defected to the Rebels, supplying valuable knowledge and information crucial to their success in the battle of Endor.
- Action Hero: Leads his men and women on missions from the front.
- Defiant to the End: He faces his end without fear in Darksaber.Durga: Any last words?Madine: Not to you.
- HeelFace Turn: The circumstances of his defection from the Empire are depicted in the first Rogue Squadron video game.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Courtesy of the much-maligned Darksaber. He's murdered by Durga the Hutt in the course of trying to sabotage a superweapon that, about ten minutes later, proves to be of such shoddy construction it can't even fire and gets smashed between two asteroids.
Luke's Big Brother Mentor from Tatooine. He left to join the Rebel Alliance prior to the events of A New Hope. He and Luke meet again upon finding out that they're both set to take on the Death Star in the battle of Yavin together. Sadly, Biggs is shot down by Imperial fighters.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Never mentioned in the films after his untimely demise in A New Hope. Sadly, this also expands to most Legends stories.
Other Galactic Empire members
Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin
In the movies, Wilhuff Tarkin is mostly known as the Smug Snake running the Death Star; it was he who ordered the destruction of Alderaan, forcing Leia to watch. EU materials have elaborated on his villainy; particularly, it was his idea to rule through fear, which is probably why the Death Star's outrageous Power Levels appealed to him.
He had a bit of a different personality in the Star Wars Radio Dramas than what they would eventually settle on in subsequent materials.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Vader in A New Hope. He orders him around a couple of times, but lets him take the initiative more often than not. His authority is probably based on the fact that he is in charge of the Death Star, and that's where Vader happens to be; in most respects they are equals.
Interestingly enough, supplementary materials specify that his position is only the sixth highest in the empire, behind the Emperor, the Supreme Commander of the military (that's Vader), the Grand Vizier, the Ruling Council chief, and Grand Admirals/Generals, and there are other Grand Moffs equal to his power. However, Tarkin has influence far beyond his station; he's a favorite of the Emperor, respected by Vader, an architect and commander of the Death Star and the author of the Empire's strategic doctrine.
It's mentioned, especially in the Expanded Universe, that he was not only one of Palpatine's strongest and most competent supporters but became one of the main architects behind the Empire itself (which also led to the Emperor giving him the Death Star post). The repercussions of his actions, including the "Tarkin Doctrine" would cast a long shadow extending well into Star Wars Legacy.
- Despair Event Horizon: His son being killed resulted in him becoming even more of a monster than before.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The reason why Palpatine orchestrated his son's "defection" and later death was because he wanted Tarkin to become a more willing servant, implying that there was stuff Palpatine demanded that even Tarkin did not wish to commit.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: His reasoning behind the Death Star is to frighten the citizens into servitude. Tarkin didn't seem to think that would result in people joining the Rebel cause because they don't like having their planets blown up.
- Papa Wolf: In "Darth Vader and the Lost Command 5", the results of Darth Vader's mission resulted in Tarkin wanting to commit genocide against the natives of Altoa because he thought they murdered his son, and it is also heavily implied in the ending that Palpatine manipulated Vader's actions to bring this about to get Tarkin to become a more willing (and more ruthless) servant. It worked.
- Pet the Dog: A minor one: he was Gial Ackbar's master when the former was a slave, and it's implied that he treated him pretty decently.
- The Sociopath: Grand Moff Tarkin is a ruthless Imperial officer, and one of the Emperor's top agents. While in command of the Death Star, Tarkin had Princess Leia tortured and threatened to destroy Alderaan, Leia's homeworld, if she didn't give him the location of a Rebel base. When Leia gave him the information he wanted, Tarkin destroyed Alderaan anyway, killing billions of innocent people, solely to demonstrate the Death Star's power, then ordered Leia's execution. After discovering the location of the Rebel base, Tarkin attempted to destroy that planet as well. Unfortunately for Tarkin, he put too much faith in the Death Star's defenses, and furthermore failed to realize that the head gunner for the superlaser was not a sociopath, and was so full of remorse over Alderaan that he stalled for time at Yavin.
- The Starscream: In the radio play he was entertaining the idea of using the Death Star to seize control of the Empire.
- Tempting Fate: "Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances!"
- The radio play had him be a bit concerned, but he wasn't going to show weakness because if he ran and the place didn't blow up, he'd have been utterly humiliated. And he'd probably be in deep trouble for letting the Death Star get destroyed in the first place.
Admiral Kendal Ozzel
Commanding officer of Death Squadron, Darth Vader's personal fleet. However, he is not very good at his job and brushes off the advice of his executive officer, Captain Piett. When presented with evidence of lifeforms on Hoth, Ozzel summarily dismisses it but is soon humiliated when it's presented to Vader, who orders them to attack. However, when they arrive, the fleet drops too close out of lightspeed, giving the Rebels ample time to prepare their energy shield. Upon hearing that a simple orbital bombardment is now a costly ground assault, Vader executes Ozzel on the spot and promotes Piett to admiral.
- Blue Blood: Supplementary materials indicate that Ozzel came from a good family and was well-connected, traits that Vader came to despise.
- Dirty Coward: His actions as a major in the Clone Wars. He opted to surrender rather than risk death in combat, and betrayed his allies under the threat of torture, even trying to justify his betrayal to himself. His actions more often than not put his own men in danger, yet he repeatedly claimed credit for several victories.
- General Failure: In the Clone Wars, he treated the clones under his command as expendable fodder, and pursued tactics that put not only them, but even the Jedi, in harm's way. But when he felt he was in danger personally, he quickly surrendered to save his own skin. He learns the hard way that Vader isn't quite so forgiving of his ineptitude.
- Kicked Upstairs: The reason he became an admiral in the first place was because everybody figured he wouldn't try to cross Darth Vader, whom he would directly answer to. They were wrong.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Some of the Imperials suspected he might be a Rebel spy, finding it impossible to believe someone of his rank could be so incompetent unless it was a cover.
General Maximilian Veers
Commanding officer of the ground forces assigned to Darth Vader's personal squadron. He personally leads the Imperial assault on Echo Base, firing the last shots which destroys the shield generator. The Expanded Universe further expands his career, detailing how he was one of the few officers assigned to the Death Star who escaped and survived on his own on Yavin 4.
- Frontline General: Veers not only prepares his troops for the Hoth surface attack, he's aboard the lead AT-AT that fires the shots to destroy the Alliance's power generators. He paid a price though: in the novelization Hobbie Klivian (Rogue Two) crashed his damaged snowspeeder into Veers' cockpit a couple minutes later. Veers survived but both his legs had to be amputated.
- Uriah Gambit: Is notable as the first film character to die in the EU. His career went downhill after Endor because of the stigma of serving alongside Vader. He hit bottom in Dark Empire II when the insane darksider Executor Sedriss QL busted him down to captain and sent him on a Suicide Mission during Second Balmorra.
Moff Tiaan Jerjerrod
The commanding officer of the second Death Star, Jerjerrod receives little screentime in the film, but is a more important character in the novelization. Arrogant, and loving the exercise of power, Jerjerrod sees the Rebels in the same light that schoolyard bully sees his victims.
- Adaptational Villainy: A lesser example than some, but still a case of this. In both film and novel he's an Imperial officer who is willing to use Death Star II against a populated moon. The difference is that in the film he's Just Following Orders while the novel makes him a sadistic sociopath who is doing it for his own satisfaction.
- Ascended Extra: In the novel where he's given several point-of-view scenes, has a deeply nasty personality, and serves as the final threat to the Rebels after Vader and the Emperor are dead.
- The Bully: Very much so in the novel.
- Colonel Kilgore: In the novel, where he loves the war and doesn't want it to end.
- Commanding Coolness: Referred to as "Commander" in both the film and the novel.
- Dragon Ascendant: More like mook ascendant but the same notion applies. In both the film and the novel, Jerjerrod is left in command of Death Star II after Vader and Palpatine die, and in both versions, he orders the space station to obliterate Endor, making him the last villain the Rebels have to deal with.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted in the novel, where he initially objects to blowing up Endor, due to the imperial troops stationed there, only to give the order to fire as soon as he gets angry. Standards he does not have.
- Evil Is Not Pacifist: In both version, Jerjerrod's an officer and a willing participant in war crimes; in the novel he goes a step farther, and is a Colonel Kilgore who doesn't want the war to end.
- Kick the Dog: In the novel his reasons for trying to destroy Endor boil down to a giant version of this.
- Punch-Clock Villain: In the film, where he doesn't get any Kick the Dog moments and just follows Vader and Palpatine's orders.
- Sadist: Gets his kicks out of tormening those weaker than him, at least going by the novel.
- Smug Snake: The novel makes him very full of himself.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Novel!Jerjerrod joined the military so he could hurt people. Commanding Death Star II gives him the chance to do so on a massive scale.
- Sore Loser: Novel!Jerjerrod aims to blow up Endor, not for any military objective, but because he is angry that the Rebels have won and it's the first living thing within reach.
- Villainous Breakdown/Villainous BSoD: It's not clear which he's having at the end of the novel, but he's definitely having one or the other, possibly both. Stunned by the Empire's defeat, and unable to comprehend what he could have done wrong, Jerjerrod lashes out at the first thing that comes into range, planning to blast Endor out of existence in order to satisfy his anger.
Confederacy of Independent Systems a.k.a. The Separatists Alliance
Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus
A former Jedi who left the order due to philosophical differences, Count Dooku became Darth Sidious' second apprentice, taking on the name Darth Tyranus. Bringing together the Trade Federation, the Intergalactic Banking Clan, the Corporate Alliance, the weaponeers of Genosis and sundry others, Dooku forged the Confederacy of Independent Systems, with himself as their public face. Determined to build a new order on the remnants of the Republic, Dooku is the one thing that keeps the Separatists together.
- Big Bad: Subverted. Similar to Vader, he's the most prominent villain in Episode II, but is subservient to Darth Sidious.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Betrayed the Jedi Order for the Sith, and proceeded to wage a campaign of murder and assassination against them all, despite many of them being his close friends. In the EU, regardless of the version, he ultimately betrays his apprentice Asajj Ventress, and as per Sith tradition is conspiring against his master Sidious (which doesn't work out). The Separatist movement itself is one giant con, too.
- Deadpan Snarker: He gets in several zingers, usually against Obi-Wan, Anakin, or his subordinates.
- Death by Irony: Gets killed by his successor, the same man Dooku completely disregarded as an unworthy Jedi. The real kicker is despite his disrespect towards Anakin, Dooku's master was conditioning Anakin to take his place the entire time.
- The novelization has him planning to betray the Separatists and thinking "Deceit is the way of the Sith." Those became his last thoughts once he realized what Sidious really had planned.
- Depending on the Writer: His death. In ROTS, although he does have some fear when he learns of Palpatine's betrayal, he nonetheless remained Defiant to the End right up until Anakin beheads him. In the novelization, however, he panics upon realizing that Sidious is going to let him die and starts pleading for mercy.
- According to Christopher Lee, the novelization's take was actually originally going to be in the film, but he had convinced Lucas to change it, as he felt that Dooku would not have begged for his life like a coward.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: In the novel Dark Rendezvous, Yoda almost convinces Dooku to make a HeelFace Turn...and then Anakin, the Jedi's new poster boy and prodigal child, shows up. Guess who arranged that?
- Master Swordsman: He was regarded as one of the very best in the galaxy, with only Mace, Yoda, or Sidious able to fight him on even ground.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: The novelization has him happy that the Separtists are largely alien in membership, for it was his (and he thought Sidious') plan to be 'captured' by the Republic, then be reformed and turn against the 'alien menace'. He fully expected a human dominated Empire to rise from it.
- Villain with Good Publicity: In the EU at least, and for the first part of Attack of the Clones as far as his former fellow Jedi are concerned; in the eyes of many, on both sides of the conflict, Dooku is a charismatic idealist crusading against the very real corruption endemic in the Republic, and all the more overtly villainous characters in the Separatist movement are simply the allies he's stuck with, and the atrocities they commit are done without his approval. Neither is true; although its implied he is against the corruption his idea to weed it out is to set up a sprawling galactic dictatorship, and far from disapproving of those atrocities he usually instigates them, and is more than happy to blame them on the Republic.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Made clearer in the EU. In AOTC, none of this is actually shown, as he spends his choice few scenes plotting how to best extort the Republic for...something, presiding over a flashy execution, and fighting Jedi. His political beliefs, his ultimate goals, etc. are given zero elaboration. Even his reasons for joining the Sith are never actually explained within the films themselves.
- Wicked Cultured: Dooku always considered himself to be a gentleman of style and taste.
Once a Kaleeshi general named Qymaen jai Sheelal, Grievous was rebuilt as a cyborg following an a shuttle "accident" suffered while in service to the Intergalactic Banking Clan. Presented to Dooku as a gift by San Hill and Poggle the Lesser, Grievous was granted the title of Supreme Commander of the Droid Armies, and launched a galaxy wide reign of terror that would make him one of the most infamous war criminals in recorded history. Trained in lightsabre combat by Dooku himself, and far stronger and faster than any human, Grievous would also become one of the war's most prolific and effective Jedi hunters, outstripping even the likes of Asajj Ventress and Durge in number of kills.
- Adaptational Badass: Grievous was interpreted as an extremely lethal Hero Killer in Star Wars: Clone Wars, which was released well before Revenge of the Sith was even released in theatres.
- Adaptational Heroism: Due to his Fallen Hero and Tragic Villain backstory, but is only hinted at in the expanded universe.
- Berserk Button: In the Expanded Universe, he goes nuts whenever someone mistakes him for another mindless droid.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Somewhat. Grievous was never a nice guy, but the Genosians tampered with his brain chemistry in order to make him into the sociopathic killer we all know and love.
- Canon Immigrant
- Combat Pragmatist: During the first animated series he appeared in, Dooku explicitly trains Grievous to fight like this: he's supposed to use surprise, fear, intimidation, and power to overwhelm his opponents, and to flee when that doesn't work.
- Darth Vader Clone: The cyborg with breathing problems, undone by his reliance on machines.
- The Dragon: To Dooku, following Jango and Sev'Rance Tann's deaths, Durge's defeat, and Ventress' exit.
- Fallen Hero: Grievous was a hero on his homeworld, at least, prior to the accident that ruined him. Downplayed, though; he was still a genocidal conqueror back then, but he had a hard life.
- Hero Killer: He even provides the trope page quote! In the novelization Anakin calls him "the most prolific slaughterer of Jedi since Durge" which nicely sums it up.
- Incurable Cough of Death: This was mostly due to both the result of his cybernetics, as well as Mace Windu Force Gripping his chest. However, this was Retconned in Star Wars: The Clone Wars to always have it.
- Meaningful Name: "Grievous" means "causing grief or great sorrow," somewhat fitting for the slaughterer of millions. A case of Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Interesting it has a double meaning, he renamed himself after his wife was killed in battle.
- Tragic Villain: In a sense. The Expanded Universe reveals Grievous was an honorable warrior fighting to save his people until an accident left him crippled. He sold himself to Dooku to save his planet. Dooku had no use for an honorable, noble warrior and had his brain tampered with, replacing the honor and nobility with sadism and savagery.
- The Worf Effect: Depending on the Writer. In The Clone Wars this happens constantly. In the original Clone Wars and various books, it never happens.
- Worf Had the Flu: Implied that the reason for why he did poorly against Obi-Wan in Episode III was because of Mace Windu using Force Crush to try and stop him from escaping when he captured Palpatine. Having his organs nearly destoryed, he developed his infamous cough, and didn't get the chance to recover from it before fighting Obi-Wan.
- Villain Decay: Sort of a time-reversed case. Revenge has him failing at everything he tries to do, and running away from the good guys, which makes his fearsome reputation look like an Informed Attribute. The various TV series managed to do him justice as a real threat.
Assassins and Bounty Hunters
A top-notch bounty hunter who was hired by the Republic to be the template for an army of clones, from which the Clone Wars took their name. Secretly working for the Separatists as an assassin and mercenary soldier, Jango makes several attempts on the life of Padme Amidala, bringing him into direct conflict with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. He is the genetic father of Boba Fett, whose creation was one of the conditions of his deal with the Kaminoan cloners.
- Adaptational Badass: Downplayed. Jango in the film is a highly capable soldier and contract murderer, but nowhere near the unstoppable Jedi-killing machine that the EU makes him out to be. Possibly justified as the film has him facing down Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu, two of the best fighters the Jedi Order has to offer, while his EU reputation as "the galaxy's most dangerous man" was earned facing down lesser foes.
- Affably Evil: Sidematerials paint him as a relatively pleasant guy if you aren't a target or in his way.
- Bounty Hunter: Though we never actually see him pursue any bounties in the film, and in the EU he's just as likely to work for criminals as he is to pursue them (in particular, he and Boba both have a longstanding relationship with Jabba The Hutt).
- He Knows Too Much: Kills his friend and subcontractor Zam Wessel when she is captured, on the chance that she might talk.
- Hero Killer: Downplayed when compared to Grievous or Durge, but still in effect. Jango comes with an earthshaking reputation and largely lives up to it, fighting Obi-Wan to a draw, killing Jedi Master and Council member Coleman Trebor during the arena battle, and actually getting off a few shots at Mace Windu before being slain. The various comics, video games, and novels have played up this status, adding additional Jedi kills to his bodycount.
- I Gave My Word: Always honors his deals.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: A villainous example, to his son.
- Noble Demon: The EU tries to go this route with him. It's not really present in the film, where he's a hired gun who kills one of his subcontractors and has no qualms about helping to trigger a galaxy-wide civil war.
- Spanner in the Works: According to Shatterpoint it was Jango's presence in Dooku's box that prevented Mace Windu from killing the ex-Jedi on the spot, as he had originally been intending to. Instead Mace ended up battling Jango and Dooku got away, allowing the Clone Wars to kick off.
- Villainous Friendship: With Zam, who got closer to him than anyone except his son. When he was forced to kill her, Jango was left visibly shaken and upset.
A Clawdite bounty hunter and killer-for-hire, and frequent associate of Jango Fett, Zam was brought in as a subcontractor when Jango was hired to assassinate Senator Amidala. Failing in the attempt, she was captured by Obi-Wan Kenobi, and killed by Jango.
- Affably Evil: Not really demonstrated in the film, but sidematerials establish her as such.
- Greed: Was actually run off of her homeworld for being too avaricious.
- Hired Guns: Has worked for the Black Sun vigos, The Hutts, various other crime lords, Jango, and indirectly, the Separatists. So long as she gets paid, Zam doesn't give a damn where the money is coming from.
- Parental Substitute: The closest thing that the young Boba Fett had to a mother figure.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Zam was not a sadist, and did not especially enjoy violence. Off the job she, not unlike Jango, was relatively harmless.
- Villainous Friendship: With Jango, which is why he brought her in to subcontract on the Amidala job.
One of the poster children of Too Cool to Live, Fett is a Mandalorian. He was introduced in The Star Wars Holiday Special but was too cool to stay there, which is saying something considering that the Holiday Special is practically the incarnation of Dork Age. Once entrenched in canon, he played a minor role in Episode V as the man who succeeds in capturing Han Solo for Vader and/or Jabba the Hutt; while he's later defeated by Solo and eaten by the Sarlacc, his
awesome armor and inscrutable demeanor Popularity Power makes him manly enough to fight his way out, allowing him to (again) play a major role in the EU. He also appears in Episode II as a child, specifically a clone of Jango Fett being raised by the man as his son; Jango's death in that film is Boba's Start of Darkness.
- Adaptational Badass: Fett's role in V & VI consists of missing every shot, and getting knocked into the Sarlacc pit by a blind man. The EU has gone on to make him the best bounty hunter in the galaxy, and a guy who can supposedly throw down with the likes of Darth Vader.
- Anti-Villain: Type I in the EU. In the original movies, not so much.
- Bounty Hunter: According to the EU, Fett got his two best bounties ever by capturing Solo once. Vader paid him for the capture in Cloud City, and released the body to Fett, who took it to Jabba and got paid again for "art, made out of Solo, crafted by the hand of Lord Vader".
- Characterisation Marches On: In Episodes V and VI and their respective novelisations, Fett is portrayed as an amoral Psycho for Hire who gets off on disintegrating or scalping his victims. The later EU tends to portray him as a Knight Templar or even a full-on Noble Demon.
- The Determinator: In the Expanded Universe. He fought out the Sarlacc's belly through sheer force and iron will. The Sarlacc itself admits that he's hardcore some years later.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He deliberately gave up on a chance to kill Starkiller at a moment when he was vulnerable because he was having a romantic reunion with Juno Eclipse, because he felt doing that would "not have felt right." He even follows a strict code of honor in regards to his missions.
- While Leia was a slave in Jabba's palace, Jabba rewarded Boba Fett for his good work by allowing him to have Leia for a night. Boba was disgusted by the thought of taking a woman against her will, and allowed Leia to spend the night in his room without touching her.
- Hypocrite: He bashes Han for being a drug smuggler, but openly works for/takes commissions from the guy Han was smuggling drugs for.
- Informed Ability: Boba's status as the best bounty hunter in the galaxy is pretty iffy in the films (either that, or the galaxy's bounty hunters all suck). The EU does a better job of justifying his title.
- Knight Templar: Later materials have him believing the Empire is a lawful government and believing that he is bringing justice to criminals. Which begs the question of "why does Jabba have you on retainer?"
- Legacy Character: In two ways.
- Before the prequels, The Book of the Film stated that Boba Fett's Impossibly Cool Clothes were Mandalorean battle armor. It mentioned in passing that the Mandaloreans were a Proud Warrior Race that had been eliminated by the Jedi Order: the implication was that Boba Fett either was one of the last Mandaloreans or had acquired the armor in some Offscreen Moment of Awesome.
- The prequels made him more clearly and directly a Legacy Character with the introduction of his parent Jango Fett.
- Noble Demon: In the Expanded Universe
- Noodle Incident: "No disintegrations." The reason for Vader specifying this to Fett has yet to be explained, though it is mentioned in the Daniel Keys Moran short story "The Last One Standing: The Tale of Boba Fett"."Vader always said that, after that one time..."
- Papa Wolf: Gets very upset when Thrackan Sal-Solo sells out and his daughter, despite said daughter just wanting him dead because she blamed him for her mother's death. Probably would have killed the guy himself if his granddaughter, Mirta, hadn't gotten to him and killed him first.
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: The series of short novels taking place during the Clone Wars is this, showing how Boba changed from a nice kid whose biggest flaw was his respect for his father, to a cold-blooded murderer.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: In the EU, Depending on the Writer.
- Psycho for Hire: In the novelisations of Episodes V and VI he's depicted this way, as an unsavoury, vicious SOB who likes his job a little too much.
- Straw Character: The way Tales Of The Bounty Hunters tells it, Boba Fett is one of the extremely conservative variety. He doesn't have a single vice, because he considers them an insult to the flesh. He considers sex between those not married to be immoral - that includes rape, too. When Leia tried offering to pay him to get her and her friends out, he flat out refused, saying that the rebels were morally wrong. Apparently, he supports the Empire because it permits civilization to exist, never mind that it's an empire that commits genocide. He hates Han's guts because Han breaks laws, and Fett finds the idea of breaking laws to be offensive. Never mind that Fett breaks laws by murdering people. He laughs off the Dark Side as Jedi superstition, which becomes hilarious in hindsight, because for all his hatred of Jedi, his lifestyle is much the kind that the Jedi Order would have considered ideal.
- You Killed My Father: He goes after Mace in the preteen novel series. Given that Mace is only slightly less powerful than Yoda and Boba's only in his middle teens, you'd expect it to end badly for him. You'd be wrong.
A ruthless assassin droid, and one of the bounty hunters sent by the Empire to track Han Solo in Episode V. It started placing trackers on all of the bounty hunters' ships that were present and used them to find Solo. Boba Fett was not fooled; he allowed IG-88 to follow him to Bespin, where the droid met its end. IG-88B was left as scrap in the bowels of Cloud City.
- Always Someone Better: IG-88 might be a machine that is the perfectly ruthless assassin but Boba Fett gets the drop on it in Cloud City, hits it with an EMP gun, and then took it apart piece by piece and left it for scrap metal.
- Bounty Hunter
- Death by Irony: In his EU origin story he uploads himself into the Death Star II, with the obvious result.
- Killer Robot
- Me's a Crowd: The original IG-88 uploaded its personality into three other identical assassin droids shortly after it was first activated. They all refer to themselves as IG-88A, B, C, and D respectively.
- Turned Against Their Masters: In its Expanded Universe origin story, it was created by Holowan Laboratories. It achieved full sentience immediately after activation, accessed the facility's databases and found what it was and who made it, and decided immediately that it was superior in every way to biologicals. When the lab personnel saw how their creation had Gone Horribly Right, they decided to shut it off and start over. IG-88 disagreed. The four IG-88s go out of their way to find and kill anyone connected to the project that created them, as they think that the less the galaxy knows about their inner workings, the better.
- Walking Armoury: IG-88 has built in blaster cannons in its arms, a concussion grenade launcher in its hip, flechette launcher, needle dart gun, flamethrower, poison gass canisters and an assortment of other grisly attachments on its body.
A Rodian bounty hunter in the employ of Jabba the Hutt. He confronts Han Solo in the Mos Eisley cantina because of the price on Solo's head. It doesn't end well for him.
- Continuity Snarl: The identity of the child Rodian named Greedo in a deleted scene in The Phantom Menace. Originally, it was simple: that was the same Greedo as in A New Hope. But then it was found that this didn't allow his age to sync up with Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, so a retcon was introduced that the young Rodian was actually Greedo's father with the same name. And that worked, until The Clone Wars introduced a young adult Rodian named Greedo who Word of God says is the same as both film Greedos. So either Greedo's segment of Tales has been implicitly consigned to Canon Discontinuity, or Greedo is somehow now older than his own father.
- Jerkass Woobie: Most of the cantina patrons agreed that Greedo was an obnoxious Jerkass. However, if one accepts Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina as canon, its obvious he had a terrible life, and Han killing him almost seems merciful. His father died opposing a bloodthirsty tyrant, so his family had to live in hiding. As a teen, a battle between the Imperials and rebels killed his mother, younger brother, uncles, and the rest of his clan. He fell in with the bounty hunter Warhog Goa, thinking of him as a mentor. Goa had been paid by the tyrant to arrange Greedo's death. And then, after his death, the bartender Wuher hacked him up and used him to flavor a special drink for Jabba the Hutt.
Also known as Sand People. Nomadic, primitive humanoid sentients indigenous to Tatooine, where they are often hostile to local settlers.
- Absolute Xenophobe: Knights of the Old Republic expands a bit on this. Once you manage to talk with one of the tribes, it seems like hatred of all other races is a fundamental aspect of Sand People culture, and one of the main reasons why they are all so violent and unwilling to negotiate with outsiders.
- Always Chaotic Evil: The only instance of them not being completely murderous bastards was in Knights of the Old Republic 1, and that tribe was pretty brutal until Revan convinced them to make peace with the settlers. In every other instance though, Tusken Raiders are, to the man, unrepentant murderers and monsters.
- Played with: Anakin's slaughter of the Tusken tribe in Episode II (including the women and children) is still portrayed negatively.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center/Everyone Has Standards: Some of them—one of the Jedi in New Jedi Order was an orphaned farm girl raised by Tuskens.
- Horse of a Different Color: They use banthas as mounts.
- Malevolent Masked Men
- Oral Tradition: This is how the Sand People have kept their history since ancient times. Interestingly, their oral tradition differs from most in that to prevent inaccuracies in its telling between generations, incorrect recitation of the oral history is punishable by death, and the keeper of the histories known as the Storyteller, is raised from birth for the sole purpose of memorizing the Oral Tradition exactly from the previous Storyteller.
- Poisoned Weapons
- Weapon of Choice: The Gaderfii, or the Gaffi Stick. Each one is unique to each warrior, since they are custom built from whatever salvage the Sand People can find at hand.
Jabba the Hutt
A very, very large slug-creature (it took something like 6 puppeteers to control him), leader of a major criminal organization, and the one to whom Han is deeply in debt to after a botched spice run. He was in the script for Episode IV, but it wasn't until VI that technology progressed enough to make him look like anything more than a half-inflated balloon; the Special Edition Ep.IV restores the deleted scenes graced by a completely CGI Jabba. Also had a cameo in Episode I.
- Bilingual Dialogue: According to the novelization, Jabba understands many languages, but he only speaks Huttese as a sign of greatness. Shadows of the Empire confirms that he can even speak Galactic Basic if he wants to, not just understand it.
- Depending on the Writer: His habit of keeping skimpily clad humanoids around his palace varies in how it's portrayed. It bounces between being a common feature of all hutts, a particular fetish of his that other hutts find distasteful, to it being common among hutts as a way to display their wealth and power, with Jabba actually being attracted to them being a distasteful fetish.
- Depraved Bisexual: He had male pleasure slaves too, according to the Expanded Universe.
- Hermaphrodite: According to the EU, this is true of all Hutts. You're welcome.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In an EU comic, Jabba devours a woman who was holding him captive.
- Mars Needs Women: Despite being a hermaphroditic gastropod, humanoid females seem to be his primary lust objects. (Though, according to A.C. Crispin's Han Solo trilogy, other Hutts who know Jabba consider this to be an unusual and rather distasteful fetish.)
- Non-Action Big Bad: In Return of the Jedi, though the EU rectifies that somewhat, showing that when no other options are left, Jabba can move.
Along with Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba, sixteen other pilots participated in the Boonta Eve Classic of The Phantom Menace. Placing second was Gasgano, with Aldar Beedo, Ebe Endocott, Elan Mak, and Boles Roor also finishing the race, in that order. Competitors who failed to finish included Ben Quadinaros, Mawhonic, Ratts Tyerell, Ody Mandrell, Clegg Holdfast, Mars Guo, Teemto Pagalies, Neva Kee, Dud Bolt, Ark "Bumpy" Roose, and Wan Sandage.
- Academic Athlete: According to The New Essential Guide to Characters, Gasgano cultivates a reputation as an intellectual, though his behavior after a few drinks can paint a rougher picture.
- Badass Driver: Some more than others (hi, Ben), but as a whole, these pilots are presented as the galaxy's best.
- Beast Man: Neva Kee looks like a grotesque little mutant rabbit (buck teeth included), although his species, Xamster, is actually reptillian. Meanwhile, Aldar Beedo's reedy snout, frilled neck, and tapering body structure are strongly reminiscent of a seahorse. Then there's Dud Bolt, whose broad, flat, toothy snout recalls the proto-mammalian therapsids.
- Big Badass Rig: Carried over to Podracer design mentality, Mars Guo, Ratts Tyerell, Aldar Beedo, and Teemto Pagalies are reining in vehicles which definitely qualify.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Dud Bolt acts as Sebulba's bodyguard on the track, as if the most feared and celebrated pilot in the galaxy needed the help. Hopefully Bolt's seen better days than the Boonta Eve Classic, where he really drops the ball: he spends almost no time near Sebulba, fails to keep Anakin off the Dug's heels, and crashes in the third lap.
- Cool Car: Again, to varying degrees, but some of these Podracers are cool enough to rival Sebulba's. Aldar Beedo's is a standout for its distinctive patterning and blocky yet sleek shape.
- The Ditz: To say Ark "Bumpy" Roose is profoundly dim-witted would be putting it mildly. The only reason anyone would be likely to favor him as a contender in the Boonta Eve Classic is given by the announcer in Episode I Racer: "He really wants to win!"
- Double Knockout: Dud Bolt and Ark "Bumpy" Roose appear to have had a mutually destructive clash, offscreen, in the third lap. Either that, or Bolt unilaterally brought "Bumpy" down but fumbled the KO, leading to his own crash as well.
- The Dragon: Dud Bolt to Sebulba.
- Every Car Is a Pinto: Even though Teemto Pagalies' racer boasts long, sturdy chasses wrapping over the engines, it doesn't seem to be protection enough: one well-aimed shot from a Tusken Raider's rifle and the struck engine goes down in flames.
- Glory Seeker: Ody Mandrell's not in it to take the gold, he flies purely for the thrill of the sport and the attention he gets as a reckless crowd-pleaser.
- Identical Grandson: The character billed as Wan Sandage in Racer Revenge is in fact Wan Sandage Jr., the son of the original pilot; Devlikks' naturally short lifespans mean the original Sandage had died peacefully by then. You wouldn't notice the difference if you didn't know it, though: he races the same vehicle, flies the same flag, looks identical, and is voiced again by Gregg Berger with the exact same vocal timbre and attitude of self-satisfied churlishness.
- Informed Ability: As an Aleena, Ratts Tyerell is touted as possessing incredibly quick reflexes. One wonders why he chooses to wave his arms and scream for a good two or three seconds before crashing into a stalagmite.
- He has great reflexes, not Nerves of Steel.
- Informed Attractiveness: Both Teemto Pagalies and Wan Sandage are alleged to be quite handsome by their species' standards (Veknoids and Devlikks, respectively). Well have to take the writers' word for it on that one.
- Intrepid Reporter: Clegg Holdfast doesn't just cover the sport in his profession as journalist for Podracing Quarterly: he's right out there in his own Podracer for a piece of the action.
- Jerk Jock: The racer equivalent several pilots besides Sebulba make bids for this trope, but the loudmouthed, boorish Mars Guo takes the cake.
- Killed Off for Real: Only Ratts Tyerell out of all eighteen contestants, despite the Boonta Eve Classic's much-stated lethality. Some sources report Neva Kee as a casualty as well, though, since he disappeared completely midrace.
- Also, years later, Clegg Holdfast in the storyline for the podracing segment of Star Wars Kinect. Sebulba hires Aldar Beedo to eliminate Holdfast during a race. Beedo gets his man. This seems to be dubious canon, though, since it posits the return of fifteen of the eighteen Boonta Eve Classic competitors, all in their exact same vehicles.
- Lethal Joke Character: One Youtuber pulled off seven KOs on each track of Racer Revenge using Ben Quadinaros, of all people. note
- Long Bus Trip: Neva Kee swerved off-course and vanished without a trace during the second lap. While some Expanded Universe material has caught up with other pilots, there's never been any hint as to Kees fate.
- Love Triangle: Type 3 between Teemto Pagalies, Mars Guo, and Ann Gella, one of Sebulba's Twi'lek masseuses. Just bad luck, it seems, that they both took an interest in Ann and neither one noticed her twin sister Tann. Not that anything comes of it either way, except bad blood between the pilots: Ann's oblivious to both.
- Made of Iron: With the sport being as dangerous as it is, some participating species who don't have heightened senses or reflexes can instead claim this — even if they crash, they can usually scrape through with their tough hides. The Nosaurian pilot Clegg Holdfast is an example.
- Muppet: Dud Bolt and Mars Guo in the movie.
- Nice Hat: Gasgano is simply not complete without that vaguely pith helmet-like racing cap, plus the goggles.
- Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Boles Roor wagers five million wupiupi that the harmless-looking Ben Quadinaros won't enter the Boonta Eve Classic. Ben takes the bet, to his immediate regret, but it ends up paying off handsomely for him: that humiliating breakdown at the starting grid didn't invalidate his victory in the bet, and he walks away a richer Toong.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Wan Sandage crashed his racer into a Jawa sandcrawler. Come on, George, we couldn't even get a deleted scene for that?
- People in Rubber Suits: Mawhonic alone in the movie. Not incidentally, he's the only pilot belonging to a species familiar from the original trilogy (apart from Anakin). As a Gran, he was realized in much the same way as Ree-Yees from Jabba's palace.
- Professional Killer: Apart from his career as a racer, Aldar Beedo works as a hitman in fact, he seems fine with the two roles intersecting, as Wan Sandage hired him to bring down Sebulba mid-race. One wonders why Sandage didn't just ask him to take Sebulba out from a rooftop prior to the race.
- Retcon: In-universe. Clegg Holdfast used his influence as a journalist for Podracing Quarterly to change the official records, showing that he had finished the race in seventh place (with a time of nearly thirty minutes!). Actually, he'd taken a blast from Sebulba's flamethrower and slammed into the wall in the second lap.
- Rice Burner: Boles Roor drives a long-outdated and badly-maintained model which he only externally modifies to give the appearance of flair. Somehow, it does hold together well enough to net him a finish, albeit in sixth place (last among the successful racers).
- Sacrificial Lamb: Mawhonic's exact narrative purpose is for Sebulba to bring his Podracer down in a spectacularly messy (though actually not fatal) crash within the first twenty seconds or so of the race, in order to demonstrate Sebulba's penchant for nasty play on the track.
- Sdrawkcab Alias: Unless Fluggrians are a much more common species than the movies suggest, Kam Nale really should've come up with a better alias for his grand revenge quest against Aldar Beedo than "Elan Mak".
- Second Place Is for Losers: According to the tie-in comic Podracing Tales, Gasgano isn't exactly bursting with pride about having placed second.
- Second Place Is for Winners: Conversely, Ebe Endocott (who placed fourth) considers his dream of besting Sebulba to have been solidly achieved.
- Shrinking Violet: Several sources emphasize that Toongs are by no means cowards, just incredibly shy and retiring in social interaction. In this, Ben Quadinaros represents his species well.
- Small Name, Big Ego: The now-defunct SW.com databank declares perpetually-overlooked Ebe Endocott to be "almost as good as he thinks he is". He seems to be a pretty successful up-and-comer in the sport, but his stature is leagues behind his self-assessed talent.
- Time Dissonance: Of Wan Sandage in the game Episode I Racer, the announcer admiringly declares "He's been Podracing since he was two!" Thats true but suggests a pretty misleading comparison, since the average Devlikk lifespan is ten years (see We Are as Mayflies below). Sandage wouldnt have been a mumbling infant when he first stepped into a pod. Still, it's impressive that he got into the sport after only two years of life experience.
- Vehicular Sabotage: Sebulba's not the only one to think of tampering with his enemies racers. A tie-in comic on the SW website revealed that Ark "Bumpy" Roose was hired by Gardulla the Hutt to sabotage Anakin's engines, but unwittingly targeted Ben Quadinaros' vehicle instead, explaining why Ben got hung up at the starting grid.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: This is Gasgano's calling card: as a four-armed Xexto, he can maintain the controls of his pod with superb finesse.
- We Are as Mayflies: Inverted with Wan Sandage, whose species, Devlikks, are much shorter-lived than humanoids. At six years in the movie, hes considered to be heading into old age.
- You Killed My Father: Intended by Elan Mak, whose crime lord father was murdered by Aldar Beedo as a professional hit. Mak vows to bring down Beedo during the Boonta Eve Classic, but nothing doing: apparently Mak could never get past Ebe Endocott and close with Beedo as he was hoping. All three finish the race.
Lando's chief aide on Cloud City. His brain is linked to Cloud City's computer network.
- HeelFace Turn: In his backstory, he is a convict who is sentenced to serve as Cloud City's computer-liason officer.
- Lobotomy: According to Word of God, and it's where his name derives from.
- The Speechless: A side effect of the computer gear implanted in his head is that his speech centers atrophied and he speaks very little.