Prior to Disney’s acquisition of star wars franchise, there was an extended network of content known as the extended universe. It was incredibly impressive and remarkable because everything from TV shows to comics to novels was considered canon. When Disney decided to make the sequels, the Expanded Universe was made non-canon and renamed “Legends” contents.
This list includes all the best characters from Legends stories that we think should be added to the new Star Wars canon. Some of them have backstories that are closely tied to Legends lore, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t serve a new purpose as interesting characters in this alternate universe. If they can do it for Thrawn, they can do it for these other stars.
Galen Marek, also known as Starkiller, was a Force-sensitive human trained by Darth Vader. He featured in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, a video game that quickly became a fan favorite. Starkiller was taken on as an apprentice by Vader in secret, raising him from childhood and training him to be his personal assassin.
The rule of two means there can only be two Sith: a master and an apprentice. That’s why Vader had to train Starkiller in secret. Starkiller grew up wishing he was a true Sith, longing to help Vader overthrow Darth Sidious and adhere to the rule of two.
Vader ordered Starkiller to hunt down the remaining Jedi and eliminate them, but, in the modern canon, inquisitors assumed this role. Still, it would be cool to see Starkiller again – maybe even as an Inquisitor himself!
Nomi Sunrider was a former Jedi master. Most people know her from the Tales of the Jedi comics, but she’s appeared in a number of other works. She lived in the early years of the Galactic Republic. For most of her life, Nomi was not a Jedi. However, she eventually married a Jedi Knight-in-training, Andur Sunrider, and had a daughter with her, named Vima. When Andur was ambushed and murdered by gang members, Nomi was forced to pick up Andur’s lightsaber and fight back.
She continued to train with the Jedi Andur traveled to see, Master Thon, and become a Jedi Grand Master so legendary they still told stories about him in the days of Anakin and Obi-Wan. Nomi’s legacy would carry over to Star Wars Legends by his daughter, Vima, and their descendants. Vima Da-Boda was Nomi’s great-great-great-great-granddaughter and gave her lightsaber to Leia Organa Solo in the Dark Empire comics.
Tenel Ka Chume Ta’Djo
His lightsaber is made from a Rancor tooth. Enough said.
Tenel Ka was introduced in the Young Jedi Knights novels as a student at Luke’s Jedi Academy on Yavin, alongside Chewbacca’s nephew, Lowbacca, and Leia and Han’s children, Jaina and Jacen.
She is half Hapan; it is a species of the Hapes group that looks human on the outside (except that it tends to be more attractive than the average human). Her father is Prince Hapan. His mother was human, a Dathomiri witch. Tenel Ka was raised equally in the traditions of both parents: the politics of the Hapan matriarchal society and the ways of the Force practiced by the Dathomir witches.
She became a major figure in the galaxy and a powerful Jedi, though she was forced to give up the role to become Queen Mother of her planet. Tenel Ka would make an excellent, powerful, and complex female character for the Star Wars franchise, balancing the delicate nature of politics with her role as a Jedi. She’s an example of a character who would need to be untied from her Legends ties very carefully – as she falls in love and has a child with Jacen Solo, who will become Darth Caedus – but the effort would be worth it.
Now we should start by saying that technically Revan canonically exists in canon. However, they never got the real attention he deserves because the game he appears in (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic) is Legends. Revan technically only exists in Canon due to a name they were given in the visual dictionary for The Rise of Skywalker movie.
Revan was a Jedi and a Sith who can be either male or female (depending on the player’s choice – although you’ll find that most content refers to Revan as a man). As they grew up in the Jedi Order, eventually becoming a Jedi Knight, Revan began to take issue with the Jedi not interfering in the Mandalorian Wars. Eventually, they took matters into their own hands by rallying their support and donning a Mandalorian mask to conceal their identities. When Revan and his friend Malak began to suspect that the Sith were somehow influencing the war, they investigated until they discovered the Sith Empire and were turned to the dark side by his emperor.
Revan’s story is a twisting and spinning web of lore, betrayal, and misuse of the Force. The perfect fodder for new Star Wars content.
Do you remember the father, son and daughter from the Clone Wars and Rebels TV series? They are the Mortis Gods who embody the Force itself: the Son as the dark side, the Daughter as the light side, and the Father who mediates between them. However, did you know that there was also a mother?
Once upon a time, Abeloth was a force-sensitive member of an unknown species who was originally known as the Servant because she provide for the needs of Father, Son and Daughter. However, over time, she became a beloved member of their family and was known as Mother. She was so successful that she was able to help the Son channel his anger into creative outlets.
Unfortunately, unlike the other members of her family, the Mother was still mortal. In her fear of losing her family, she drank from the well of power and bathed in the pool of knowledge, thus becoming able to use the light and dark sides of the Force. While the Son drank from the Well of Power and the Daughter bathed in the Pool of Knowledge, they were both immortal and could survive there. Abeloth, on the other hand, was twisted by it, physically, mentally, and spiritually. What she had desperately tried to avoid came true: her family then fled the planet, abandoning her.
Mara Jade is best known as the wife of Luke Skywalker and the mother of their son, Ben. However, long before that, Mara was the Hand of the Emperor: a position where she served him as a secret agent, much like Starkiller did for Vader. Mara has been trained in the dark side of the Force, as well as other critical combat techniques and stealth tactics. Her final order to Mara was delivered after her death: she was to kill Luke Skywalker.
Mara is obviously a character who would need to be detached from Luke Skywalker a bit to appear in modern canon, as it’s never mentioned that Luke was married or had children. However, that doesn’t mean she couldn’t appear in her past life as the Hand of the Emperor.assassinate politicians, attack rebel forces, and grow up under the care of a Sith Lord.