Top Five: Non-Original Trilogy Bad-Asses

Hey everybody, its May 4th and we all know what that means, don’t we?!  Its Star Wars Day!  For those who haven’t seen the insane blast of twitter and Facebook status updates and thus have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll just say it.


In honor of this day, I decided to do something a little different.  While everyone loves original trilogy, many of the fans outright hate everything thats been done in the Star Wars universe since then.  Don’t get me wrong, I hate the prequel trilogy as well.  Hell, I went to Skywalker Ranch this time last year and I was the only member of my group who didn’t run into George Lucas walking around his famous private compound and many of the employees joked that it was because I would, most definitely, punch him if I saw him.  But that doesn’t mean I hate everything about the non-original trilogy Star Wars universe.  In fact, thanks to comic books, video games and cartoons, I have found a number of hardcore bad-ass characters in the pre-Luke Star Wars universe.  So, in honor of this magnificent holiday, I present to you my Top Five Non-Original Trilogy Bad-Asses!


“Send more droids against the Jedi Knight!  Their bodies are making a pile so high that he will never be able to cross it!”
-Sentepeth Findos, regarding Kit Fisto in battle

Interesting fact:  Kit Fisto was originally designed to be a Sith Lord.  That’s how bad ass this guy is.  He is easily the bad boy of the Jedi High Council.  Yeah, thats right, he’s on the HIGH council.  He was also one f the few survivors of The Battle of Geonosis, led an underwater campaign in The Battle of Mon Calamari, was the first to take down the “Jedi Killer” droids, and oh yeah, he was trained by Master Yoda himself.  If thats not enough, the dude is also had the balls to break into General Grievous’s secret home to take him on and not only cut Grievous’s legs off, but lived to tell about it.  He also spit in the face of the Jedi Code by having a torrid affair with another Jedi, Aayla Secura.  Fisto was regarded as one of the most talented swordsmen in the Jedi Order.  He also used the force to become the first “water bender” of the Jedi and his Force speed was so impressive that even Obi-Wan Kenobi couldn’t believe he wasn’t somehow cheating.  Whatever way you slice it, Kit Fisto is awesome.  Just a bummer he went out like a bitch against Darth Sidious.


“Ustoppable.  He is unstoppable.”
-Jedi Master K’Kruhk, referring to Grievous at the Battle of  Hypori

I know what you are thinking.  “That annoying four armed robot guy from the third movie?”  Yes.  That guy.  But not because of that movie.  General Grievous’s past has come to light through both the Clone Wars animated series and the various Star Wars comic books and trust me, this dude is hardcore.  Born Qymaen jai Sheelal on the planet Kalee, Qymaen’s first taste of violence came when the Huk attacked his people.  Qymaen became a war hero and soon met the love of his life, Ronderu Iik Kummar who was killed shortly afterwards by Huk assassins.  In true bad guy form, Qymaen changed his name to Grievous and led a one man assault against the Huk army, forcing them off of his planet and chasing them back to their own where he led a crusade to destroy them all.  The Jedi intervened and the Kaleesh were forced back to their own planet but Grievous kept taking every chance he could to take a few extra Huks out, eventually leading to a bomb being placed on his shuttle destroying most of his body.  He was rebuilt as a cyborg, trained to rock a lightsaber by Count Dooku and placed in charge of the Separatist army.  Grievous not only went on to be one of very few non-Sith to face the Jedi in one-on-one battle, but he faced as many as four at a time and managed to kill at least six Jedi in his career.


“We don’t have to win, we only have to fight.”
-Mace Windu

Do you know what is engraved on Mace Windu’s lightsaber?  “BMF,” short for “Bad Mother Fucker.”  I cant imagine a more appropriate tag for this Jedi Master.  Mace Windu spent a number of years as the Master of the Order of Jedi, outranking even Yoda himself who is 800 years older then Mace.  Windu was considered to be the greatest swordsman of the Jedi Order.  He even created Vaapad, the seventh form of lightsaber combat.  Vaapad?  Everyone else who mastered it fell to the dark side, but not Master Windu.  Mace also led 212 Jedi in the famous Battle of Geonosis where he took out the infamous bounty hunter Jango Fett, father of Boba Fett.  Througout the Clone Wars, Mace acted as High Jedi General.

The dude is so fast that he managed to hit Kar Vastor six times before he could even blink.  He is so strong that when he lost his lightsaber on Dantooine, he started tearing apart super battle droids barehanded and was one of very few Jedi to successfully utilize his aggression to perform the Force Crush without succumbing to the Dark Side.  The dude is seriously hardcore, but what do you expect from a Jedi played by Samuel L. Jackson?

2.  CC-7567 a.k.a. CAPTAIN REX

“The name’s Rex.  But you’ll call me ‘captain’ or ‘sir’.”
-Rex to Echo, Fives and Heavy

Ive got a soft spot for Captain Rex of Torrent Company, one of the units in the famous 501st, who is heavily featured in The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network.  Rex is tough, creative, compassionate and easily one of the best soldiers in the clone army.  With his good friend Commander Cody, he managed to find the traitor in an army of identical soldiers in the Battle of Christophsis.  Rex later led Cody and three rookie officers to retake a key listening post from the droid army in the Battle of the Rishi Moon.  He led a group of ten year old clones to victory defending the Kamino base that manufactured the clone soldiers.  Rex faced off with General Grievous, was one of the last troopers standing in the assault on Felucia, fought off a squad of Commando droids after being shot in the chest, and helped rescue Jedi Master Piell and Captain Tarkin from the Citadel, a prison designed to hold the most skilled of Jedi.  Rex is a standout because of his sense of duty, honor and loyalty to the cause.  He loves being in the military and you get the sense that he genuinely believes in the cause he is fighting for and not because he has been programmed to do so.  He isn’t afraid to disagree with superior officers, but still obeys orders.  He has absolutely no issue putting himself in danger to save others.  Rex is a soldier who has seen the best and the worst war has to offer and continues to charge fearlessly into battle wielding his trademark double blasters.  Even the Jedi take Rex’s opinion under consideration and most have even befriended him.  Rex is an outstanding soldier and the exception that proves that not all clones are created equal.


“Are you supposed to be scared of me?  No…Of the engine I’m about to throw you into…Yes.”
-Cad Bane

Cad Bane is one of the coolest characters in the Star Wars Universe, original trilogy included.  Fast with a blaster, quick thinking and absolutely zero loyalty to anyone or anything but money, Cad Bane is the ultimate Bounty Hunter.  His wide brimmed hat pulled low to hide his red eyes, Bane looks like the intergalactic version of Clint Eastwood.  Bane became so famous as a guy who could get the job done that Darth Sidious asked for him by name to perform a number of jobs on his behalf.  Hell, Bane managed to break into the Jedi Temple and steal a holocron cube from their most secure vault while all the Jedi were running around trying to find him.  They knew he was coming and he still managed to outsmart them all.  He then took the holocron to Devaron where he single handedly killed Jedi Master Bolla Ropal and used it to read the Kyber memory crystal so he could find the location of every Force-sensitive infant in the galaxy.  Although he was eventually stopped, Bane managed to capture four children and turn them over to Count Dooku.  Even after being captured, Bane was able to fight off the mind control of his Jedi interrogators.  Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakain Skywalker all had to use Force mind control at the same time before he finally broke.  Bane even managed to escape from Kenobi and Windu while in handcuffs.  He has jet boots, fights with pistols, a flame thrower and the occasional lightsaber and is easily more cool then any other bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe.

Happy Star Wars day everyone!

~ by Andrew Craig on May 4, 2011.

3 Responses to “Top Five: Non-Original Trilogy Bad-Asses”

  1. I tried to *like* this post but the login button will not cooperate.

    Mace Windu…. MACE Windu…. Mace WINdu… etc.

  2. I wasnt a huge fan of the character until he was expanded in both the clone wars hand-drawn series and the current Cartoon Network run. He has since earned my love and respect as that man kicks all kinds of ass. Having such a truncated part in the prequel trilogy really didn’t endear him to the fans the way the animated shows have.

  3. Its funny when you take Lucus out of Star Wars the magic returns.

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