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Top 10 Auxiliary Star Wars Characters

This article was published on the original Sorry I’m Late.com in 2009.

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Thank you, Internet.

Thank you, Internet.

The Star Wars movie universe is full of diverse and interesting characters. When you add with that the ostensibly endless and grandiose expanded universe, even the most rudimentary and meaningless characters have far more depth than they really need or deserve.
With that being said let me bring to you the Top Ten Auxiliary Star Wars Characters (just movies; not Expanded Universe. If I did Expanded Universe you know that I’d include Dash Rendar. Heck yep!) that serve no real plot purpose per se, but are memorable in their own special ways. Onward reading waits…

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10
Ponda Baba

Ponda Baba

Ponda Baba, why so needlessly aggressive? Baba and his accomplice Dr. Evazan try to pick a fight with a fresh-faced Luke Skywalker in the Mos Eisley Cantina, with a translating Evazan warning Skywalker, “He doesn’t like you. I don’t like you either!” When the situation escalates, Obi-Wan’s light-sabre quickly takes care of the two gentlemen with ‘a death sentence on twelve systems’. Ponda Baba’s arm shall be missed, and this was the first example of bitches getting pwned by Jedi.

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9
Max Rebo

Max Rebo

The leader of the eponymous Max Rebo Band; the performers at Jabba’s Palace in Return of the Jedi. Memorable because the character design is honestly so simple and rushed looking that a soft, blue elephant-looking thing appears a bit odd compared to other cool creatures in the scene, such as the Gamorrean guards. Along with compatriots Sy Snootles and Droopy McCool (I’m not making these names up) the band performed the awesome song Lapti Nek which was replaced by a horrendous CG fest in the 1997 Special Edition. Boo-urns to that.

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8
Lobot

Lobot

AKA Lando Calrissian’s aide on Bespin’s Cloud City with the computer around his head. Cool because with a quick press on Lando’s wristwatch, Lobot awakens and leads a quick takeover of some Imperial troops. Too bad he cheesed-it right before Chewbacca nearly crushed Lando’s larynx.

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7
Nien Nunb

Nien Nunb

Strangest looking creature in the Star Wars universe goes to Lando’s co-pilot during the Battle of Endor, Nien Nunb. What’s the deal with this thing? It looks like a demonic version of Dumb Donald from Fat Albert:

Samesies

Samesies

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Salacious B. Crumb

Salacious B. Crumb

AKA that little monkey thing that hangs around Jabba the Hutt and laughs at things. This is a Jim Henson puppet if I’ve ever seen one and I wouldn’t be surprised if he has in fact shown up in other programs. Crumb has an infectious cackle and is always up to hi-jinks such as eating C-3PO’s eyes out when Jabba’s sail barge is on the way down.

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5

Admiral Motti

Admiral Motti

Most of the Imperial officers in Star Wars are pretty nondescript; same uniforms, same pleasant English ‘I Perform English Theatre’ accents and tones. But Admiral Motti stands out though for provoking Darth Vader’s ire, questioning his belief in The Force. So what does Vader do? He Force chokes that mother-fucker from across the room, making him his bitch. He only releases the hold at the request of Grand Moff Tarkin. WTF was this guy thinking? 100% pwnage for the Admiral, giving Vader a truly badass moment.

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4
IG-88

IG-88

One of the lined up bounty hunters tasked to find and retrieve Han Solo and company at the behest of Darth Vader. I’ll admit that’s all that this droid with a drink dispenser head had to do in the movie series, the stories of IG-88 play out more in the expanded universe where IG-88, and several models like him, play a role of super-badass war droid for hire. It’s cool, trust me.

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3
Kit Fisto

Kit Fisto

The only entry in this list hailing from the prequel trilogy, Kit Fisto is a Jedi master seen during the battle on Geonosis and putting up more of a fight than others before being struck down by Emperor Palpatine. I don’t know why he’s so cool, but he’s just cool – and I don’t think I am alone as I believe he has quite a following (well, as much as a character with minimal screen time and no dialogue can get). Notice how his squiddy features look just like the baby squid in the car from Men in Black.

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2
Admiral Ackbar

Admiral Ackbar

Oh no, I didn’t. The master of detecting traps (albeit not as quick as you would hope), Admiral Ackbar has gained fame and notoriety online and on Robot Chicken. First of all, his species is Mon Calamari. He looks like a mammoth crustacean and they decide that his race is Mon Calamari. That’s so fucking clever. Second of all, how awesome is it that this weird looking dude is actually commander of the Rebel fleet and in charge of the successful attack on the second Death Star?
Due to his winning on-screen efforts and his reputation in popular culture, you would think Ackbar would be number one. He very well could have been if it wasn’t for…

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Wedge Antilles

Wedge Antilles

“Who? Who in the blue Hell is this guy?”, I hear you asking. Wedge Antilles is auxiliary Star Wars numero uno because he played a hand in every single major Rebel Alliance battle in the original trilogy and walked away. He is the only character with that achievement to his name, flying his trusty X-Wing in both Death Star attacks as well as the Battle of Hoth. Even Luke Skywalker himself sat out the attack on the second Death Star. He can even be seen celebrating victory on Endor at the finale of Return of the Jedi with all the characters that do matter. So for a character that doesn’t matter – that does matter.

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