Who are the unsung heroes of Star Wars?
Rogue One, the latest instalment in the Star Wars saga (not that we're complaining), hit cinemas next week. It follows the crew who bravely stole the plans for the Death Star, helping Luke and pals destroy it in A New Hope.
The Rogue One gang are unsung heroes in the Star Wars universe, although they aren't the only ones. Here are five more brave souls who deserve much more credit for their actions…
From the off, all signs point to Count Dooku being a right evil bloke: he has a red lightsaber, he wears black and he's played by Christopher Lee AKA the actor you call when you need someone who looks evil yet powerful and noble (see: Dracula and Saruman).
Some people reckon that Dooku isn't actually evil though. In fact, they think he was working as a double agent for the Sith. The theory centres on a moment in Attack of the Clones when the Count tells Obi-Wan that the Jedi are being manipulated from within.
This eventually spurs Obi-Wan to investigate, which leads to him discovering Palpatine is up to no good. That in turn sets up the events that lead to Anakin turning to the dark side before his kids (AKA the heroes of the series) are born. If they were born after Anakin became Vader, they may not have made it and there would be no Star Wars beyond the prequels.
Oh, and he also trained Qui-Gonn Jinn, who in turn trained Obi-Wan. Cheers, Dooku!
Whoever designed the Death Star
We imagine being commissioned to design a planet-destroying weapon for the Empire would be an honour for a galactic architect.
Unfortunately, whoever designed the Death Star decided to leave a gaping hole in it. Oh, and firing a single laser shot down that hole destroys the whole flippin' thing.
Without this hilarious piece of incompetence, the Rebels probably wouldn't have succeeded in destroying Darth Vader's toy. Death Star architect, we salute you.
Jar Jar Binks
Oh yes, we're going there. Despite being about as funny as sticking your head in a Sarlacc pit, Jar Jar Binks was a hugely important character in the prequels. In The Phantom Menace, for example, he helps command an army in the defeat of the Trade Federation. Not too shabby for an idiot.
However, JJB isn't an unsung hero… he's actually an unsung villain.
According to this amazing theory, Jar Jar Binks is an all-powerful entity who uses mind control to defeat his enemies, bend events to his will and, eventually, convince the Galactic Senate to sign over power to Palpatine, who goes on to establish the Empire and…well, we all know how that ends.
In short, JJB is potentially the biggest villain in the entire Star Wars universe.
He also deserves some credit for inspiring those weird sticky tongue toys you used to get in packets of crisps that kids used to throw at each other in playgrounds.
Remember those Good Guy Greg memes from a few years ago? Where a friendly looking chap does amazing things and doesn't expect any kind of reward or recognition for his efforts?
Wedge Antilles is the Good Guy Greg of Star Wars. In A New Hope, Wedge distracts Darth Vader so Luke can fire the shot that destroys the Death Star (and get all the credit). Then, in Return of the Jedi, Wedge flies alongside Lando.
He's the only pilot that survives both assaults on the Death Star but he gets pretty much zero recognition for his work. Here's to you, Wedge.
The Stormtrooper That Bangs His Head
It's a classic moment in film history: a group of Stormtroopers burst into a room and, in the background, one of them bumps his head.
This gaffe is arguably responsible for transforming the Stormtroopers from faceless goons into the weirdly loveable and largely hapless dopes we all know and love today.
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